“You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit” by James K. A. Smith

Sunday, 01 Jan 2017

Desire drives our hearts and imaginations, and eventually what we think. 'You are what you desire or love' is the repeated mantra of this work.
“Most learning is not the result of instruction. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful setting. Most people learn best by being ‘with it,’ yet school makes them identify their personal, cognitive growth with elaborate planning and manipulation,” observes Ivan Illich in his Deschooling Society ([New York: Harper & Row, 1971], 39). Illich perceived the great decoupling of habits, liturgies, and meaning from learning that had fallen upon Western society. Education today has become nothing more than technical vocation training that fails to instruct the soul. Participation in a story, a narrative, a ...

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