Humanities: Liquid Modernity and the Human Condition

I was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion about Humanities taking place in a week from now. I would like to share with you some insights about one of the most undervalued fields of study in our modern age, an age in which speed and power seem to cannibalize reflection and reasoning, and where social and cultural patterns form and dissolve too quickly for us to adapt (which Zygmunt Bauman refers to as liquid modernity).

From hunter-gatherer to digital nomad, man has changed, evolved, and has seemingly forgotten what it is being ‘fully human’! From the medieval ‘trivium’ that every citizen studied to the crisis of nation-state and citizenship, one thing holds true: Humanities helps us realize our ‘humanity’ to the fullest. A commitment to learning develops a ‘habit of the mind’ that helps us come closer to –and reflect on- the human condition (the magical term around which the study of humanities revolves).

As one expert once summarized it: “humanities reveal ourselves to ourselves through the most profound means of communication we have available — music, literature, dance, poetry and philosophy.”
“It is the way in which a society engages in conversation with itself away from –and beyond- the boundaries of race, religion, class and gender.”

More on the issue following the roundtable event.

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