What good, if any, is the study of the liberal arts, particularly subjects like philosophy? Why, in short, should plumbers study Plato?
My answer is that we should strive to be a society of free people, not simply one of well-compensated managers and employees. Henry David Thoreau is as relevant as ever when he writes, “We seem to have forgotten that the expression ‘a liberal education’ originally meant among the Romans one worthy of free men; while the learning of trades and professions by which to get your livelihood merely, was considered worthy of slaves only.”"
— Scott Samuelson on why he teaches Plato to plumbers – fantastic meditation on the importance of the humanities beyond the “elite.” Pair with cultural icons on how the humanities make us human. (via explore-blog)
Me: “..and never asked Rudolph to join in any Reindeer Games…”
4yo: “Why didn’t Rudolph just ask to play with them?”
One quick question from a 4yo turns a story of simple bullying into a deeper, more human story of self exile and the isolation of social anxiety.
Except that the lyric is “let poor Rudolph,” not asked. And why is this being discussed in late January?