Reading the Great Books takes much love and curiosity. Ideas cannot be simply comprehended or memorized- they need to be imbibed as the expression of what is lovely and worthy of admiration in what is human. Love is manifested in a sense of affection for the object, but its more vigorous manifestation is loyalty and devotion. Students not only need to delight in their studies but to loyally support and defend their vision of attaining a well-educated life.
Though love is often limited to the narrowly romantic sense, it effects a much broader scope than the love of man and woman. Aristotle observes that every choice we make is always a combination of our desires and reason. Reason gives us the means, but desire provides the motivation to pursue our ends. Without reason, we would never know how to attain our desired ends, but without desire, we would never move towards any choice in the first place.
Questions stir our curiosity and help us appreciate the significance of answers, but that is only the means of education. The goal of education must be love. If we do not love, we show that we have never truly understood the object of our studies.
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