Do We Want the World–of Sound, Sight, Taste, & More–to Add to Us?
Where: Aesthetic Realism Foundation
141 Greene St.
212-777-4490 Price: $8
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All over, there are these happy exclamations of children: “Mmm, I love the smell of those hot dogs!” “Ma, listen to the drums—I’d love to play drums some day!” “Look at the colors on that Mandarin fish!” “That ice cream and chocolate syrup tastes amazing!” “Ohh, can I touch the puppy?” The five senses make for wonder and satisfaction in young persons and older persons alike. Meanwhile, do our senses tell us—in the way they have us welcome sounds, sights, tastes, and more—that we were born to like the world, have it get within us? Do one’s senses show children what they most deeply want—not to look down on the world and people, but to know the world and people in their diversity, bigness, and meaning? Yes!
The September 16th Learning to Like the World class, will ask this vital question: “DO WE WANT THE WORLD—OF SOUND, SIGHT, TASTE, & MORE—TO ADD TO US?” In this class for boys and girls ages 5 through 12, teachers Barbara Allen and Robert Murphy will show, through many examples, how much our senses stand for the fact that we want the things and people of the world to get into us, to affect us! The teachers will take up and illustrate these sentences from Children’s Guide to Parents & Other Matters, by educator, poet, and critic Eli Siegel, founder of Aesthetic Realism:
“One way of describing the world is: Everything that can do something to you. Do you know everything that can do something to you?…Now things can do something to you in various ways. The moon can make you think about it; the wind can blow on you; a little girl can touch your hand, and make you think she’s nice because she does this; a noise can frighten you. I’ve given you some samples of how the world does things to you, but there are so many, so many more.”
What an exciting way to begin a new school year! Youngsters will have their deepest desire—to like the world honestly—encouraged, and they’ll see how our senses are a big way for the world and other people to mean more and more to us! Young people will be learning to see the world, both familiar and new, with far greater interest, and to have a greater eagerness to know!