Hosted by the Centre for Public Christianity, Scott Stephens, editor of ABC Religion & Ethics will be speaking about the attentive gaze in a time where contempt is second nature on Thursday 28 October 2021. This will be a live-streamed event.
Scott Stephens, editor of ABC Religion & Ethics will be speaking about the attentive gaze in a time where contempt is second nature.
We commonly hear that the times in which we live are “unprecedented”. Not entirely without justification, when we consider the proliferation of technologies that flood our waking hours.
Yet beneath the busy surface of our media-saturated age, there lurks a temptation that is in no way unprecedented: the old temptation to live superficially – which is to say, inattentively. Like Shakespeare’s King Lear, we increasingly crave affection, fear irrelevance, are unsure who to trust, and so banish those who might wound us “out of our sight”.
The eyes are a moral organ. The contemptuous gaze can wither; the attentive glance gives life. At a time when so many distractions can cloud our vision, Scott Stephens urges us – in the tender words of the loyal Kent, in King Lear – to “see better”.
2021 Richard Johnson Lecture – Livestream Event
Speaker: Scott Stephens, Editor, ABC Religion and Ethics
7:30pm Thursday 28 October 2021
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Scott Stephens is the ABC’s Religion and Ethics online editor, and the co-host (with Waleed Aly) of The Minefield on ABC Radio National. His book On Contempt is forthcoming from Melbourne University Press.