The intelligence can only be led by desire. For there to be desire, there must be pleasure and joy in the work. The intelligence only grows and bears fruit in joy. The joy of learning is as indispensable in study as breathing is in running. Where it is lacking there are no real students, but only poor caricatures of apprentices who, at the end of their apprenticeship, will not even have a trade.Simone Weil, Waiting for God
A genuine education is one that recognizes its source in desire, pleasure, and joy. Only such an education can foster the kind of freedom Jacques Maritain describes in Education at the Crossroads – “freedom which is spontaneity, expansion, or autonomy, and which we have to gain through constant effort and struggle.” A truly liberal education in this sense must involve constant effort and struggle, yes. There is no education without discipline. But the effort and struggle involved should always be directed toward the attainment of true freedom and human awakening.
Veritas Journal is dedicated to two things: providing a forum for the discussion of education in this highest sense (whether formal or informal) and providing a regular opportunity for readers to experience in themselves a greater awakening to the true, the good and the beautiful.
To the first end, we are interested in articles on educational topics such as the cultivation of moral imagination, the role of wonder, the place of the sciences in a liberal education, or other similar subjects. But we are also interested in publishing articles on great films, art, literature, works of philosophy and theology, new or interesting pieces of mathematics, book recommendations, or rarely explored corners of history.
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