Why the world needs Humanities

Being a writer in this age and stage of life is hard, especially when writing is not considered ‘serious business.’ On most occasions, the fields of arts and humanities have always been overshadowed by the construed important professions such as the ones that deal with numbers or Law or Business. It’s quite hard for some of those in the “big league” to accede to the fact that studying Arts takes up more than one’s share of brain power. Creativity is something that we’ve always wanted to flow, and never to ebb, but we’re not in a fairytale, and at some point our creative juices start running dry. It’s at these times that one finds challenged, incapacitated even to write further. When one’s writing is troubled is when one tends to look for inspiration- and where better than to look at than nature? Writers, poets, painters, and philosophers have all looked to nature to gain their share of energy (the Chinese call this “Chi”) from the world around them- whether it is a withering leaf or a mammoth from the ice age. I personally believe that Scientists are agents of nature, peeling its aura and discovering its subtle, yet magnificent abundance.

Humanities as a discipline makes the world a better place. The study of humanities and its different sub-sects  is what has made us all what we are today- humans, erring or not. The very source from which we derive our roots and traditions, have all at one point been derived from nature, and what we could accept of her. 

Times have changed, but our basic structural mechanism has not, and this is why it’s good to embrace the colourful yet quiet side to you. When you study something that’s very artsy, it calms you, humbles even. In my limited experience, I’ve somehow come to understand that mastering numbers and complex quotations somehow doesn’t do that to you. I tried learning languages, painting, visiting art interpretation sessions, but somehow, nothing soothes me better than a good book. When you’re composed, the world is nothing but a jigsaw puzzle, and fitting the pieces is actually not that hard. Besides, you learn so much that conversations are easy and smooth. So, do something that gets you in touch with the more humane side to you. Embrace humanities, and celebrate life. 

Cheers!

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11 thoughts on “Why the world needs Humanities

  1. It’s the sad truth, artists are not always regarded as high as other ‘cool’ professions. I personally have great respect for writers, it’s not easy to be so creative and portray that in the form of a fantastic. Hell I can’t even write a paragraph properly :p

    Great post as always!

    Eagerly waiting for your first book Potato! πŸ˜‰

  2. Nice post as always πŸ™‚

    As a person from the ‘big league’ profession, I personally have great respect for artists and writers. I can never be as creative as you guys.

    Completely agree with this ‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend’ πŸ˜‰

    Eagerly waiting for your book Potato!

    – Your no.1 fan.

    1. A huuuuuuge thank you, Dio. It’s very humbling and inspiring to see comments like these. Haha, I love that quote by Groucho Marx. “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read”. Lol, I even have a bookmark that reads this quote πŸ˜€

  3. I have to ask for forgiveness for being one of those people who believed the Arts didn’t need much brain power. From university, while we were impressed to meet someone taking a double degree of Economics – Accounting (because we were only doing one of them), we didn’t even pay attention to those in College of Arts. In fact, we didn’t think highly of those taking up Marketing either. We knew it was the easiest major in the College of Business Economics.
    However, I have always looked up to the writers. Writing was a different Arts for me. Perhaps it was because I started writing / wanting to write from age 14. These days, we call the Arts folks “Arty
    Farty”.
    Humanities, I’ve learned is not insignificant. I just don’t know how the profession is with regards to financial rewards. We, in Finance, as those in Law, but most especially those in Project Management (I don’t understand what’s difficult there), are overpaid considering what’s important in life, or purpose of life.
    Good post, as usual. Always looking forward to reading your blog.

    1. Hi Anne! Sorry for the late reply. Your comments are always so insightful, and humorous. Arty farty sure cracked me up. I’m so glad you’re able to echo what I’d written in the post. Thank you so much once again πŸ™‚

      1. Or, it could be only my husband came up with Arty Farty. Haha.
        No hassle at all. I also sometimes miss comments but not because I’m busy but because of old age. πŸ˜‚
        Always a pleasure to read your work. Give us more. πŸ˜†

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