Journal of Contemplative Inquiry


This essay examines quiet, introspection, and reflection as markers identifying aspects of living well. Drawing on the work of Toni Morrison, Natasha Trethewey, and Kevin Quashie among others, “On the Edge of a Bank” offers examples both actual and fictive that can be used in classrooms to provide substantive models for reflecting on the range of complex and interesting choices people have made regarding how they want to live and find satisfaction in doing so. While mostly narrative, two questions drive the interrogation: 1.) What are the risks of living quietly? 2.) Why does becoming enlivened by the pleasure’s of one’s own company appear threatening to others?