Smilla smiles: “education means a leading out, from e, out, and duco, I lead.”

September 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

So this is Miss Brodie’s credo. Have you ever heard of Miss Brodie? Miss Jean Brodie was a woman in her prime — her prime what? that is one of the mysteries remaining about this short novel by Muriel Spark. Women like Jean Brodie lived in the UK in the 1930’s, in-between two wars, and they started to be free. They would run about Edinburgh with subversive talks, behaviours and ideas. They believed in art and literature, in correctness but also in pleasure. In the carpe diem. Poetry, music and painting. Be that non-conformist woman and LIVE, live the hell out of the girdles society wants you to fit in.

Be that non-conformist person. Find your way, walk into the steps of great men and women.

Edinburgh, 1930’s…

(The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1969, directed by Ronald Neame)

Vermont, 1950’s…

(Dead Poet’s Society, 1989, directed by Peter Weir)

Wellesley, 1950’s…

(Mona Lisa Smile, 2003, directed by Mike Newell) In addition to that I strongly recommend that you listen to the song “Mona Lisa” performed by Nat King Cole, it’s one of my favourite in the whole world ever!

Different characters, same stories. Education means a leading out. It means find our own way to freedom through what great men have left us, great thinkers, great poets, great painters. We’re not required to like them, we’re required to consider them.

And finally… “I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life. To put to rout all that was not life; and not, when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived.”  H. D. Thoreau.

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