Chapter 1 (Part 2)
As we get to the later part of chapter 1 Caldecott quotes Simone Weil extensively. I am especially drawn to the idea that the 'subjects' are really sacraments. The idea of attention, which Charlotte Mason so deftly covers, is said by Weil and Caldecott to be important because 'waiting on truth' teaches us to 'wait on God'. When we pray we give our attention to God.
What if we have no attention to give?
That is a scary thought because I believe that is exactly what modernity is stealing from us. The Internet through our phones and devices is one giant siren call grabbing our attention and stealing it from us. For adults we do this with our eyes open but our children are being trained to be inattentive to everything from those around them, to the task at hand, to the road ahead. The results of texting and driving are just a metaphor for where they are heading.
As Caldecott says,"Sin is a misuse of freedom."
Perhaps the most important quote from the chapter is this:
"In the same way, we make our schools and homes inhospitable to the seed of faith by depriving our children of the experiences, the culture, and the language in which faith may be received and supported and nurtured."
Because we cannot beat the culture at its own game, we are compelled to enliven our children's minds using the liberal arts. We are compelled to tether our children to the things that really matter whenever possible. Truth, beauty and goodness are our tools.
Every time your children play outside rather than play on the computer counts. It is a rope tying them to the mast against the song of the Sirens. Family meals are another tie that binds.
I would love to hear what you are doing to tether your children against the song of the Sirens.