Can You Be Kind and Proud as You Think about Money?
Where: Aesthetic Realism Foundation
141 Greene St.
212-777-4490 Price: $8.00
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Money is a big matter affecting every young person’s life. In these difficult economic times (despite the so-called “booming economy”), households are filled with talk about money. Parents worry, “The mortgage is overdue again–I just can’t make ends meet!” and “How can I buy presents for my kids when I’m up to my ears in credit card debt already!” In other, more fortunate homes, children can take money for granted, feeling everything is coming to them, and parents worry, “Am I giving my child too much? He’s so spoiled– doesn’t he value anything?”
Can children think about money, including the things money can buy, in a way that makes them kinder, more thoughtful, and that has them really respect other people and themselves? That’s what boys and girls ages 5-12 will find out at the Saturday, Dec. 15th Learning to Like the World class, 11 am-12:15 pm: “Can You Be Kind and Proud as You Think about Money?”
Teachers Barbara Allen and Robert Murphy will take up the following great sentences by Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism; they’re from his essay “About Money,” in Children’s Guide to Parents & Other Matters:
“Money is wonderful (and it isn’t the only thing that’s wonderful). Just think: it can buy pigs and books…and songs and cheese and music—and what else, what else?…Money is a way of having for ourselves objects which couldn’t have been if it wasn’t either for the ground—that is, nature—or for what other people have done. Plainly, if we get what other people made, we have to think we have a right to it. The first step in having a right to what other people have made is to think about it.”
What a practical and beautiful—and urgently needed–way to see money! In this vital class, children will learn how they can have deeper thought about the objects money can buy, and also have big, kind feelings about the lives of people. They’ll see that the people who made those objects are real—as real as themselves. They’ll see money as they never have before, and so become happier, eager to learn, and proud of themselves!
The class is in the third-floor library of that Aesthetic Realism Foundation (www.AestheticRealism.org) at 141 Greene Street, off West Houston Street in SoHo.Buy tickets/get more info now