"When Aunt Alexandra went to school, self-doubt could not be found in any textbook, so she knew not its meaning. She was never bored, and given the slightest chance she would exercise her royal perrogative: she would arrange, advise, caution, and warn. She never let a chance escape her to point out the shortcomings of other tribal groups to the greater glory of her own, a habit that amuse Jem rather than annoyed him."
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee p. 172
The Brockport Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Interfaith Book Discussion Group meets tonight, 02/09/10, at 6:30 PM at the Lift Bridge Book Store on Main Street in Brockport, NY at 6:30 PM.
I love To Kill A Mockingbird. I know people like Aunt Alexandra and see some of myself in her. I would hope that when I become overbearing that people, like Jem, will find it amusing rather than annoying. There have been plenty of times recently when people have shut me up. I thought I was being entertaining, informative, and inspiring but my audience, apparently, didn't appreciate my elocutions as much as I did. It would seem that people are getting dangerous when they love hearing themselves talk more than other people do. It's not that I'm not humble, it's just that I am enjoying myself too much to become silent.
The world needs Aunt Alexandras to some extent. They just need to know where to draw the line.