Wednesday, August 06, 2014

"...with only a bare bones understanding of what it means to be alive..."

Science fiction writer David Gerrold recently posted the political cartoon below with the accompanying statement:


This assumes that liberal arts majors are a) intellectually shallow, and b) arrogant.

I call bullshit.

People go into the arts because they are passionate, because they care, and because they want to explore what's possible in life.

People who do sculpture have to learn all kinds of things about how to turn the physical world into art -- including welding.

People who paint have to learn chemistry. People who write have to learn about language and its power, and psychology as well.

The idea that liberal arts is a shallow dead end is a right-wing lie and I call bullshit.

Here's the picture:


And here's what I wrote when I shared the picture:
More money but living in a dim reality with only a bare bones understanding of what it means to be alive versus less money but with a deep and rich intellectual life of the mind. Hmmm. I'll take less money every single time.

A college degree is not job training, or, at least, it shouldn't be. The people pushing this crap not only don't understand education, but they also don't understand what it means to be a human being. Screw them for eternity.
And then some conservative friends showed up to brand me an elitist.  It got interesting fast.  More on that tomorrow.