I spent this morning reading some of an essay by Heidegger, copying down a poem of Yeats’ into the journal (yes, I keep a pen and paper one). There’s Plato’s Gorgias to finish reading, and try to put together with the Protagoras and the Greater Hippias. I’m very happy with how the third part of that Protagoras commentary turned out: it’s a good enough starting point for more work on the dialogue, and still solid enough for a jumping point into other dialogues.
Of course, sitting in a place I promote are something like 10,000 forum posts saying that college is worthless, the humanities especially are a waste of time, we don’t need any more professors, classwork is just busy work, etc. The older I get, the harder I find it is to state what makes an education valuable.
I guess my defense of getting an education nowadays is: without it, you see a lot less of life. A few of you who are older have commented to me personally how little this blog concerns itself with me whining about relationships, and to some degree, even less with the state of academia. I think that’s because there’s just too much awesome stuff to look at and share (and that’s not to say I’m particularly virtuous: it’s to credit the “stuff” more than me. Everyone’s aware I can whine and throw tantrums with the worst of them). In my experience, people who spend time putting down the humanities don’t usually have a lot to talk about, aside from themselves.
Anyway, it’s just a thought. The issue is: do you think this rhetoric has any chance of convincing surly 16 year olds, who I suspect are writing the forum posts?