“The best piety is to enjoy – when you can. You are doing the most then to save the earth’s character as an agreeable planet. And enjoyment radiates. It is of no use to try and take care of all the world; that is being taken care of when you feel delight – in art or in anything else. Would you turn all the youth of the world into a tragic chorus, wailing and moralizing over misery?”
-Will Ladislaw, Middlemarch (George Eliot)

The theme of my blog, “pious delight,” is meant to be a sentiment that will run through what I write, rather than a grid through which I will decide what to write. Will Ladislaw’s words were spoken in the context of defending his work as an artist to the pious, hard-working Dorothea Brooke. I’m not aiming for rigid moralism or unbridled hedonism. I hope to marry these two attributes, piety and delight, to demonstrate that true enjoyment of good things is indeed for the betterment of all.

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