March 09, 2007

EUGRAPHY versus PORNOGRAPHY

BEAUTIFUL IMAGERY versus PORNIC IMAGERY

Although the following speaks of the education of children, it proposes things that I believe would be good for adults to cultivate in their own lives to counteract and displace the effects of "pornic" aspects of our culture.
Media education should be positive. Children exposed to what is aesthetically and morally excellent are helped to develop appreciation, prudence and the skills of discernment. Here it is important to recognize the fundamental value of parents’ example and the benefits of introducing young people to children's classics in literature, to the fine arts and to uplifting music. While popular literature will always have its place in culture, the temptation to sensationalize should not be passively accepted in places of learning. Beauty, a kind of mirror of the divine, inspires and vivifies young hearts and minds, while ugliness and coarseness have a depressing impact on attitudes and behaviour.
Pope Benedict XVI wrote that as part of his message for the upcoming 41st World Communications Day, May 20, 2007.

The theme for that day is "Children and the Media: A Challenge for Education".

The complete text of the Holy Father's message is online.
Click HERE for it.

1 Comments:

Blogger Kerry said...

Thank you for posting on this. I try to go with my children on Sundays to visit museums and listen to classical (and/or early) music, because the contemplation of that which is beautiful and uplifting and true is in its own way a way of meditating upon God and a reflection of the Divine presence. This echoes the older practice of avoiding non-essential work on Sundays, but which allows painting a picture, say, although forbidding (or at least discouraging) painting a house.

With the wonderful heritage of Christian imagery present in many museums, "eugraphy" can become an means of reinforcing the Christian message our children receive. My son can already recognize a St. Sebastian painting from a mile away, and my daughter was so moved by paintings of the Crucifixion that it led to a discussion of the meaning of Christ's sacrifice.

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