The humanities offer enlightenment on what constitutes the good and exemplifies the importance of virtuous characteristics, such as altruism, charity, civility, compassion, and generosity. The various lessons we can learn from the humanities transfer into the flourishing of individuals and society. Here are some examples:
- Studying great literature helps us appreciate and enlarge our horizons on the human condition, while increasing our capacity for empathy.
- Studying history provides us with a window into the past and allows us to understand human nature and society, allowing us to make wiser choices in the future.
- Studying art challenges us to see reality through new perspectives, while introducing us to aesthetic values and providing a gateway to the good in the guise of the beautiful.
- Studying philosophy forces us to confront the most basic intellectual questions: What can we know? What is human nature? What is of value?
Studying the humanities allows us to see how rich a human life can be and what makes a life worthwhile.
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