Reading Siva Vaidhyanathan’s meditation on the value of the humanities this morning got me thinking about my own inclination for the humanities. I know these articles are in vogue nowadays, and I try to stay away from what’s in vogue (not self-righteousness, just an adolescent knee-jerk) but I can’t help but delve into articles about the humanities. I still feel a connection to the academy, to the humanities. and I enjoy participating in those conversations. Am I a humanist, even outside of the academy? i guess you could say yes.
Anyway, this part really resonated with me:
“I explained that I was back in school to figure out how I could learn to write books. I had bigger and different questions in my head than my current writing outlet would accommodate”