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True Learning is Useless

Thomas Whitley

Andrew Sullivan with some comments in the wake of Rush Limbaugh's "incoherence and disdain" for classical studies.

In Defense of "Classical Studies": But the main reason for a classical education is precisely its uselessness. True learning is practically useless; and it should be. It is not about deploying knowledge to master the world, it is about the pursuit of truth for the sake of nothing else. It is about the highest things. How is a life worth living if it ignores them?

I am becoming increasingly convinced that colleges and universities are being turned into trade schools. This is not a bad thing in and of itself, insofar as our country's economic competitiveness in the world is at stake, but it may well spell the demise of real education and true learning.