Beyond mere willingness is interest. For example, a competent worker usually takes an interest in her work. A good student usually takes an interest in his studies.
This is the competence level of ethics. As we examine the emotional, intellectual and active components of obligation, we will see that the rudimentary starting points of the first stage (willingness, rationality and effort) have been ingrained, and once ingrained have been replaced by corresponding processes that reflect a deeper level of engagement. The emotional component is interest in the subject matter.
Film and Stage
Films about people who had difficulty being interested:
- (The Sweet Life), “a salutary moral warning” and “withering commentary upon the tragedy of the over-civilized”
- Desperately Seeking Susan, in which a bored suburban housewife desperately seeks self-fulfillment
Music: Composers, artists, and major works
To spark and assess their interest in playing a musical instrument, many school districts in the United States begin young children on the recorder, a wind instrument popular during the Baroque era.
- J.S. Bach, recorder concerti
- Vivaldi, recorder concerti
- Telemann, complete suites and concerti for recorder
- Telemann, double concerti with recorder
- Telemann, recorder sonatas
- Händel, recorder sonatas
- Loeillet, recorder sonatas
- François D’Agincour’s works for harpsichord are workmanlike baroque compositions that convey the feeling of taking an interest in something.
- Christina Petrowska-Quilico, “Vintage Americana”: an absorbing collection of works from the United States, performed by a dedicated pianist
Open the links for lists of books that invite children to learn about the world.
- Francine Prose, The Vixen: A Novel (Harper, 2021): “If there were a George Bernard Shaw Prize for Crisp Compassion and Amused Disappointment in the Species, Prose would have won it many times over, for searingly clever novels . . .”
- Francine Prose, Mister Monkey: A Novel (Harper/HarperCollins Publishers, 2016): “ . . . Prose’s 15th novel is a sophisticated satire, a gently spiritual celebration of life, a dark and thoroughly grim depiction of despair, a screwball comedy, a screwball tragedy.”
- Francine Prose, Household Saints: A Novel (St. Martin’s Press, 1981).
- Francine Prose, Blue Angel: A Novel (Harper, 2000).
- Francine Prose, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel (Harper, 2014).
- Francine Prose, A Changed Man: A Novel (Harper, 2005).
- Francine Prose, Judah the Pious: A Novel (Atheneum, 1973).
- Francine Prose, The Glorious Ones: A Novel (Atheneum, 1974).