Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Mounier on Education

People without idealism are spiritually dead. But so many idealists live innocent of reality- contact in a world of earnest cliches. Emmanuel Mounier (Personalist Manifesto, pp. 111-112) tells us that "Education does not aim essentially at a profession, nor at social prestige."

This is right, but tiny is the number of those who can and will live in accordance with it. It is perhaps a silly idealism to think it could ever be otherwise.