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Friday, November 11, 2016

The Liberal Arts and Democracy

The liberal arts are fundamental to healthy democracy. Excerpts from my recent piece at MinnPost:

Politics is not easy -- nor should it be. Much is at stake. Vigorous and forceful argument and counterargument capture our attention. They energize us and stir us to participate. We should not pine for dull and boring politics.

But we must be open to different perspectives. The liberal arts teach us to act toward others with humility and respect because we recognize there are multiple ways to look at the world. 

Placing value on empathy and community allows individuals and groups to engage in productive debate while maintaining a commitment to societal well-being.

I encourage you to read the whole thing.