Thursday, 26 August 2010

Intellect does not equal culture

There was an article in the Guardian about the lack of modern intellectuals, and that now it is all about trivia. Not surprisingly this was written by an old liberal arts academic.

What he meant was that there has been a steady neglect of the old cultural standards. His view of culture is no longer appreciated. I agree with him that our culture is based on a preoccupation with body disfiguring and with growing social rifts, but I do not see that the past was any better. Now is not worse - just different.

There is plenty of intellect but the new intellectuals do not share the same views and concerns as past generations.

In the end his viewpoint translates to - there are no longer many academics who share the same views as he does, particularly amongst the young.

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