The Importance of the Liberal Arts

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During The Romantic Era (1825-1900), when the concept of a technology driven economy had not yet been introduced, society relied on the outburst of art, culture and literature that was sweeping across Europe. They thrived in hamlets filled with poetry and song, and although education of such was scarce, they lived in communities that lived for the liberal arts. William Shakespeare emerged as a genius of this domain, turning out infamous works such as "Romeo & Juliet", "Macbeth" and "Much Ado About Nothing". The outcome was passionate, resulting in a society that was trained in the liberal arts by default. Consequently, The Romantic Era has become known for its abundance of music, literature and art. The constant western focus is on moving forward faster, and it is taking away from our ability to communicate effectively through sense and emotion. As individuals existing in a technology driven era, human thought process has become stagnant and lacks the substance that liberal arts reflected in the past.

One important factor involved in the liberal arts is critical thinking. Subject matter in the liberal arts is open to discussion and there are always aspects of it that involve more abstract thinking. In a math course, the methods used will rarely be questioned and they are widely accepted. Liberal arts courses allow one to be more 'liberal' in a sense, by requiring those abstract questions to be posed and assessed in a discussion. Liberal arts allow the individual to become much more independent in their thinking. Instead of being told how things are and expected to apply that in any case, they allow us the freedom to question what we know and develop our own worldly curiosity.

The liberal arts also introduce a whole new level of culture and understanding. They combine ideas that are...