Update: Emma read this post and thought that it needed modification. I have made the changes that she requested.
Emma and I are reading The Privilege of Being a Woman by Alice von Hildebrand. I alternate her assignments in it with assignments in Catholic Morality by Fr. John Laux. For some reason I thought that I would lead the discussions on Privilege. What was I thinking?
Emma had just started reading Part III, when she said, "Mom, listen." She read,
"The world in which we now live is a world whose outlook is so distorted that we absolutize what is relative (money-making, power, success) and relativize what is absolute (truth, moral values, and God). Power, riches, fame, success, and dominance are idolized; humility, chastity, modesty, self-sacrifice, and service are looked down upon as signs of weakness."
She paused and looked up at me.
"Wolf Larson," she said.
"Who?" I asked.
"Wolf Larson. You know, the captain in The Sea Wolf." She explained how the passage quoted above, when taken to the extreme, reflects Larson's philosphy of life, a philosphy in which there is no God and people have no souls.
This was the beginning of a 20-minute discussion. The discussion was not led by me. I read The Sea Wolf. . .in 1972. Emma didn't come right out and say it, but I think I have homework.