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Mr. Emerson

25 Apr

One of the worst movies I have ever seen is Perfect, starring John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis. It came out in 1985, in case you missed it.

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In the movie, Travolta goes undercover at a health club to get the scoop on why aerobics was becoming so big. Along the way he gets converted to the club lifestyle and falls in love with Jamie Lee Curtis. As his perspective changes, he changes the title of the article he’s writing from “Looking for Mr. Goodbody” article was “Looking for Mr. Emerson”. Yes, he links Emersonian philosophy to the health club lifestyle. You can see why this movie is so bad.

If you are interested in Ralph Waldo Emerson, Barbara Kerley’s new book would be a far better option.

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Paired once more with illustrator Edward Fotheringham, Kerley has another hit on her hands.This biography illustrates the rewards of a life well-lived, one built around personal passions: creativity and community, nature and friendship.

I have been very interested in teaching philosophy to kids and have use resources from Teaching Philosophy to Children in my small reading group. Just the other day, one of the students asked me when we could get back to it.

You can teach kids about philosophy and you can introduce them to important people and big ideas. This book is a great resource to let kids learn about Emerson and maybe aspire to be like him, rather than like the celebrities that are paraded in front of them on TV.

 

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