Tell a doctor that what he has written makes sense on neither the logical level nor the grammatical one and he will ask you what makes you an expert and the fact that correct grammar is just a way for liberals to establish their superiority.
In the present political and social climate, intellectuals, liberals, media persons, and artists are not being vilified because of the things they are saying.
They are the villains because in the eyes of the science caste, they were never supposed to amount to anything. They were supposed to be amusements, sources of entertainment, and cautionary tales for them to scare their children with so that they never choose the arts.
In many ways, this "ye sab toh koi bhi kar sakta hai" thinking permeates our entire culture. People don't think art is worth money. People tell designers to work for free because it "can't possibly be that hard".
But the worst possible consequence of our attitude towards the humanities is currently playing out in the political and social arena. Our "educated middle class", thanks to a lack of education, is screwing us over.
@vimoh Anyone who thinks they've won the race of life has declared himself a fool.
For that matter, anyone who thinks that life is a race is a fool.
@hackiechan That's all of the Indian middle class.
@vimoh I can still understand someone who's in deep scarcity thinking "I first need food for my stomach before I can receive food for my soul." Yes, go make money, feel materially secure first.
But those who already have food for the stomach are extremely stupid indeed to look down upon those who have food for the soul to offer them.
@vimoh I shared it on Twitter too🙂
@vimoh Great thread. A lot that I agree with and much that I don’t. One area you didn’t explore is the humanities’ folks adherence to dogmas and schools of thought, vs empirical methods and openness to new ideas.
@nitin The way the Arts are taught in India are a different thread altogether.
I agree with you. But that is just another symptom of the disdain I mentioned - "We don't have to teach the Humanities well because... you know... it's just Arts."
@vimoh @nitin Humanities education have many different threads. There are several where empirical evidence is needed to be able to prove hypothesis, just like science - Sociology and Psychology among them. Additionally, you will be happy to know that even in lit crit, there are empirical schools of thought. All angles are taught, making Humanities education far more rich in experience than the average STEM education we have in India.
@vimoh Hey, I remember reading it the 1st time this went viral and every second going 'Yes, yes every word of this makes sense'. Same feeling today, sadly have a few more examples of the science students'. Thanks for the thread :)
@vimoh I am an engineer, but luckily most people in my family has studied arts. And so I have understood it's importance.
@vimoh Very interesting take on the radicalisation of middle class.
@vimoh Good post. I have shared it on my FB timeline.
@vimoh very well expressed! Enjoyed reading the thread.
@vimoh How do you think advanced societies have it better?
Why is this obnoxious engineering/doctor merit myth not as damaging there?
Is it the backwardness of the country making these fields the most relevant because they offer the fastest economic mobility?
And giving people the false impression that economic success is the only metric of value in the society?
@sandipb Can't speask for other places as I have never been there and not experienced life there. I only know what I have seen. And this is what I have seen.
1. Developed societies follow what is right & fare, not what is envied / liked by others
2. In developed societies, sense of (false) pride, morality & few other imaginary feelings, do not trump freedom & equality
3. Except a thin cream of the ultra rich, statuses (in Indian context) aren't something they understand, which makes us look down upon another
4. Wealth for them is what it can do for u, not how much is sitting in ur bank or u r wearing on u.
5. In India my life is mine & ur life only makes sense if it goes with my sense of morality, pride, status, faith & politics - all which I define & is in my head only.
,@vimoh My younger sis & I are Engineers, the youngest a Dr. Dad an Economist, mom homemaker. None of us sibings have anything against Humanities. We would be dishonouring tons of cousins and dad if we did, right? It's just that we were louzy at history, geography, etc.!
P.S. I had a Humanities paper in Engg. too, back then, dunno about now. My son is a BA, aspiring Jazz singer. So I don't know!!
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