12 Reasons Why the Humanities are Indispensable

So everyone knows the difference between their, there, and they’re.

Because reading a book is not the same as understanding it.

Because when Henry David Thoreau said “I wished to live deliberately,” he sparked a conversation that has lasted more than a century.

To encourage empathy by experiencing another life through narrative.

Because subtext is everywhere, and critical thinkers know how to read it.

Because we are what we say–language shapes identity and culture.

Because sharing a text in community is equally as important as personal, contemplative reading.

Because the humanities are truly interdisciplinary.  Narratives on all subjects are welcome!

To know who we are.  History/Herstory encompasses the entire spectrum of human glory and shame.

Because the philosophers had it right the first time, but we need to make it modern.

Because the art of persuasion can change the world, for better or for worse.

Because a whale is sometimes more than a “big fish.”

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