Censorship, book burning

Any talk of saving culture, or restoring culture, begins with a defense of the humanities. Any hope of cultural revival equally begins with a re-emergence of the humanities. Any hope to truly celebrate—though not uncritically—the human person rests with being drenched in the dewfall of the humanities …

To study the humanities, in the eyes of the original mission of universities and their founders, was to make one a better human. The mission was not to spend half a decade of one’s life learning the ins and outs of the skills necessary for a certain job. That is what apprenticeship was for.

People once worried about book burnings. People still complain about the danger of “censorship.” There has not been a more successful book burning and censorship campaign than the assault against the humanities.

One of the most basic aims of liberal arts studies is to familiarize students with the longstanding and inherited traditions of literature, philosophy, and theology. One’s personal identification with a literary, philosophical, or theological school is not so much the point; rather, it is to inculcate the person with those who have come before us in dealing with those “enduring questions.” The death of the humanities is nothing less than the death of the human being and of human culture.

Paul Krause

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