July 28, 2008
In Search of Shadows
Over in The American Scholar, William Deresiewicz writes about the disadvantages of the elite education as commonly experienced today:
What happens when busyness and sociability leave no room for solitude? The ability to engage in introspection, I put it to my students that day, is the essential precondition for living an intellectual life, and the essential precondition for introspection is solitude.
It’s a nicely-written piece, especially in the beginning.
One of Michigan State’s signature songs goes, “MSU, we love thy shadows” — and what a wonderful (if counterintuitive) thing to celebrate about a school: the shadows, the quiet spaces, the free afternoons, the empty paths.