No one ever told me to write anything other than a three-part essay.
The humanities can be described as the study of the myriad ways in which people, from every period of history and from every corner of the globe, process and document the human experience. — “What Are the Humanities?” | Stanford University Say “humanities” to most humans, and they will envision a list of reflective pursuits: philosophy, history, literature. And the inevitable question follows: Yeah, but what can you do with it?
It’s far too common for academia to be regarded as an ivory tower—a self-contained bubble of elitism and grandiosity that serves no “real” purpose in the “real” world. In the interest of fairness it’s worth noting that there might be a nugget of truth to this. After all, academia is certainly not elite in the worldly, economic sense of the word. In fact, the mere notion that academia alone leads to anything close to wealth must seem patently absurd to increasing…
In The Solitary Vice: Against Reading, Mikita Brottman compares reading to masturbation. She warns that reading can disconnect the reader from the world if individual pleasure becomes the sole goal of reading. Brottman suggests that that reading, when approached correctly, ought to be viewed as a form of self-discovery.