Bonfire of the Humanities

Burning books…

It is an irony worth considering that institutionally reductive aspirations to slash-and-burn streamlining of educational curriculum align to ideological and economic worldviews which themselves are unacknowledged – if often misguided – products of a diversity and intellectual depth in human civilisation that they would unwittingly or boorishly inhibit.

Short term benefits are all the rage at the moment. The long-term, big-ticket historical form and flow of civilisation and culture persists as relevant and instructive far beyond the vicissitudes of political, ideological or technological fashion.

Culture is the effective binding force of (any) civilisation and it is nothing if not diverse and deeply, irreducibly-infused by the humanities.

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