Despite the problems, humanists perform several critical functions. They
– remind the society of its contradictions,
– articulate salient emotional states,
– detect changing cultural premises,
– confront their culture’s deepest moral dilemmas,
– and document the unpredictable events that punctuate a life or historical era.
The books, poems, plays, and films that contain these ideas help the public find a balance between the benevolent and self-destructive consequences of their illusions so that hopefully each can create an ideal worthy of effort.
— The Three Cultures: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Humanities in the 21st Century by Jerome Kagan
Knowledge that liberates consciousness is often described as esoteric. The word “esoteric” is somewhat forbidding, usually connoting something obscure, exotic, and irrelevant to daily life—in short, something “far out.” But etymologically the word means exactly Read more