There have been so many articles and quotes about the “death” of liberal arts and English majors written and said by woe-is-me columnists lately that I’ve lost any further stomach fluid to gag up and am now beyond dry-heaving. I routinely am vomiting up my trachea in protest and disgust and am then forced to reinsert it so I can continue on with life.
So then I come across this quote by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and give me just a second while I reinsert my trachea again:
"The stem of the flower is STEM education, and the humanities are the blossom. Without the blossom, the STEM is completely useless."
Forgive me, but why do we always have to look at sciences and engineering from the EXACT SAME PERSPECTIVE? As if humanities and liberal arts are the only reason that life is worth living, and science and engineering form structure but otherwise pale in comparison?
Yes, you cannot be a good scientist or engineer without some perspective on humanities. If you do not have your foot in the real world, you have no connection to the world your work will contribute to and help improve.
But good scientists and engineers have many of the skill sets that the woe-is-me columnists neglect to acknowledge - they can write well, they communicate effectively, they find beauty in natural occurrences. These are all the same aspects that the humanities seek to provide! The only difference is that scientists and engineers are able to utilize these aspects as part of their work as well. Further, engineers and scientists do employ creativity to find solutions - creativity is a part of the rigor of their work. You just need to be open and accepting in understanding what creativity is.
So, please. For once, can we just look at it from the opposite viewpoint?
Because a blossom without a stem is a dead thing.