Yesterday in my 7 Deadlies class, we were talking about greed, and the idea of the desire for wealth as end, rather than as means. Somehow the discussion got to the price of Gutenberg Bibles, and the price for individual pages thereof. A favorite student of mine said, “Who breaks up a Gutenberg Bible?”
Now what I meant to say was that it’s just something that happened over the passage of the centuries, but what I said was, “Well, some of the old Gutenberg Bibles — “, and I caught myself. In an aside, I said, “As opposed, I guess, to the ones that Gutenberg produced last week. Nice one — think!“
At that point, another of my favorites said to her peers, “I love that he gets on himself at moments like this.”
As long as I keep doing that, I hope I’ll be OK.