|yahoo image, from Magruder HS in MD.|
He bemoaned the loss of humanistic study and understanding; decried the age of technology, dogmatism, and science in its narrow sense; derided the lure of pragmatism over intellectual thought and exploration. “There is no task more urgent in American intellectual life at this hour than to offer some resistance to the twin imperialisms of science and technology....”
"Are you serious, Nana? Major in history or philosophy or literature?" "It's an option, if you think of areas like international business," I suggest.
"Well then, I'll major in international business But the humanities? No way. No jobs, no money, no security, no future."
"That sums it up," I reply. "Maybe a minor?"
"Maybe a minor in German language," but I'll see, says granddaughter Alli, who just graduated from High School and is thinking about what to take to college in a few months. She's majoring in pre-med.
"Nana, we love you, but you may be the last humanities person we know on the planet!"
Hmm, I wonder if they're right. Are we "fellow humanists" fighting a losing battle? Or should we keep fighting, become part of the new counterculture, as Wieseltier urged? If we can't beat 'em, should we join 'em, somehow or other?