It seems like there is an article on the fate of the humanities published every week these days. For example, check out Agnes Callard’s recent essay at The New York Times: “I Teach the Humanities, and I Still Don’t Know What Their Value Is.”
I was reminded again of such think pieces as I watched television this weekend. Some of us in the Fea household like to watch the SYFY Channel’s Twilight Zone marathon. One of my favorite episodes is “Changing of the Guard” (1962). You can read about it here.
Perhaps this is why we teach the humanities. Maybe it’s that simple.