The idea of “hysterical optimism” (pg. 11) strikes me as such an interesting phrase. Weaver states that this is our current state and we will be in it until we again distinguish good and evil. I think this is another aspect to our discussion on sheltering and training- we must teach our children good and evil but they need the capacity to see the difference.
If we have to recover a “ceremony of innocence”, we have to have the time to clearly and definitively teach our children truth, goodness and beauty. In being indoctrinated in the transcendence of truth, students will later be able to see the evil that is always there. The sheltering and training we provide students allows them to see the “alien and destructive.” Weaver argues that we must pursue this appreciation and love for truth now, before we are too accustomed to evil.