With the increasing amount of debate whether University is actually worth your time in terms of learning, money and of course effort, it’s an even bigger question mark when it comes to courses of the humanities. Before you think I am dissing the arts, I’m not. Both my undergraduate and postgraduate degree fall under the domain. I don’t think my time was wasted, even if ultimately, I opted for an entirely different field to work in.
Learning the Humanities
Humanities can teach you many things including social and liberal aspects of life and politics. But these are all things you can learn from so many alternative mediums. Podcasts, youtube videos, e-learning courses and of course – books. Other than an official certification, why would University be preferable? It is more so the unreplaceable skill that is critical analysis. An actual skill that will follow you into life every single day and aid you in the undertaking.
We deconstruct whatever sources we cite and find ways to undermine as well as reassure us and others of their origin. Learning is to do so confidently and persuasively. We simply learn not to take any medium at face value. Instead we find numerous sources and rate reliability as per our own judgments. Now, hopefully, when you watch the news you do not simply absorb and reproduce. You are not simply a clone of what you watch. You absorb, allow it to settle and then dissect the shit out of it. Find reasons why it can and can’t hold up. Give an ear to all, indiscriminately purely for the diversity of thought.