“The arts and humanities are more essential than ever to the endurance of our democratic values of tolerance, pluralism and freedom. At a time when so much is happening to change the way we work and live, the way we relate to one another and the way we relate to the rest of the world, we cannot fully understand the past, nor envision the future we need to pursuer without the arts and humanities.”- Excerpts from First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s remarks to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, D.C. February 25, 1997.
What are arts and humanities? Is it simply history, philosophy, literature, arts and music? Arts and humanities are far beyond that. It helps us to have a better vision of the past and how the world is changing through out times. On the other hand, arts and humanities can help us think, make decisions upon the mistakes that had already be done in the past and also the great things people accomplished. However, with the never-ending demands of new technology and invention, the society is starting to pay less attention to the importance of arts and humanities. Therefore generations today are lacking the knowledge of these subjects. As a result, generations today without arts and humanities are lacking the ability of critical thinking as well as how the world revolves around us, and the ability to read, reason and communicate.
As time goes by, technology is improving in order to keep up with the world and the public demand. Therefore people are more focusing on the subject of science so that new invention and creation can be created to improve their qualities of life. In fact arts and humanities also have the power to improve the quality of life. The presence of performing and visual arts is an important component to perceive the quality of life. Though math and science are very essential in this new century, we should still be concerned with the importance of arts and humanities. Majority of students in college and university will tend to major in subject related to math, science and business. The reason is obvious that they believed they will have a higher opportunity in finding a better job and have a better career after they graduated.
People are actually being influence by the society rather then their own interest although there’s still some exceptional. Arts and humanities might not be able to guarantee jobs as much as math and science, however arts and humanities are related to each and everyone of us and it’s something that we all should know. We are blessed with some excellent colleges and universities that focus on the arts and humanities. Knowing arts and humanities is like knowing the past and knowing how the world would become the way it is today. We can learn from the mistakes that had already been done in the past as well as the great things that had been accomplished. Arts and humanities help us to gain the ability to read, reason and communicate, and these ability is the keys to successful career development.
A liberal education, provided by arts and humanities, does not emphasize subject matter; instead it focuses on the ability to write, reason, read and work with numerical information. People who wish to enter the field of business and economic, they should also pay attention to the importance of arts and humanities. Understanding what other people value, understanding how their cultures work, and having some facility with their native languages all play a key hole in helping the businesses of this region work effectively across cultural boundaries. “I believe that we should not draw too firm a line between the humanities and other academic fields of learning,” said President Neil L. Rudenstine.
The arts and humanities are essential to a liberal arts education because of their direct connection to human experience. Arts and humanities help us to develop critical thinking, witness others experience, understand how people from different culture lives and their own value. It broadens our perspective of life and society thus helps us to deal with everyday problem and bring us closer to one another. Arts and humanities are essential to everyone of us, the consequence of generation without arts and humanities means a generation without thoughts, experience and ability to deal with problem in life as well as dealing with people around us.