Having gone out to catch up with friends only the weekend before Melbourne was again thrown into lockdown, I was amazed. Firstly, at the amount of people on public transport without masks and secondly at the man on the door of the bar who thanked me when I signed in. Is this where we have gotten to? It would seem that it is?
The late essayist and quicksilver intellectual Christopher Hitchens once argued that “above all, we are in need of a renewed Enlightenment … and this Enlightenment will not need to depend, like its predecessors, on the heroic breakthroughs of a few gifted and exceptionally courageous people. It is within the compass of the average person”.
For many, the universality of the humanities degree is the most democratic expression of this ambition.
Virginia Trioli reflects on the democratic values associated with a humanities degree.
I have learnt that there is no ‘deep work’ without a wife, especially when you are working in a shared space.