Our humanity needs the humanities.
April 16, 2015
A recent NYT article, Starving for Wisdom beautifully highlights what we have known since
Homer— of the importance of a close marriage between the sciences and humanism— “science depends upon the humanities to shape judgments about ethics, limits and values.”
The study of humanities, and here I focus on literature, enrich a person’s soul. As the poet, William Carlos Williams said
It is difficult to get the news from poems
yet men die miserable every day for lack
of what is found there.
If the enrichment of our soul is not enough reason to read literature, let us be aware that much of our happiness depends upon our interactions with those around us, and evidence increasingly tells us that literature nurtures a richer emotional intelligence. Literature builds bridges of understanding of others and helps readers better know themselves.
An important read that furthers our thinking about the importance of the humanities is Fareed Zakaria’s book, In Defense of a Liberal Education. He brings to life what E. O. Wilson said,
We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.
April 12, 2015
A poem is not a test. A poem is a magical arrangement of words that delivers feelings. Poetry and music speak directly to your heart. When listening to a piece of music, the melody and the lyrics wash over you, You find yourself in a particular mood. You would not think to analyze how that […]
March 30, 2015
The Eiffel Tower opened to the public March 31, 1889. In honor of April officially designated as National Poetry Month, here is one of my favorite poems about the Eiffel Tower, which has always made me think the tower is no less than poetry in steel. The Eiffel Tower If I wanted to see the […]
Diane is quoted in South China Morning Post column “Fiction unlocks a more meaningful world for young readers.”
March 15, 2015
Diane stressed the importance of exposing children to quality literature that offer stories rich in vocabulary, with characters that readers care about and care about what happens to them. Diane flagged the genre of Bibliotherapy, which offers books that are written with a direct message of how to cope or how to respond to a […]
March 12, 2015
“The Greatest gift we can give our children is our attention. Reading and talking about a story creates a strong parent-child bond and is the attention children need to thrive.” Talking with children about the stories they read gives children the words they need to make sense of the world and better understand themselves. What […]