Wendell Berry just read a draft of an essay on the economy at the Masonic Temple in scenic Salt Lake City. He’s a wonderful warm homespun intellect, and one of the many topics he covered was the shape of education. He quoted a friend as recommending that we have two majors in college instead of the one we have now (upward mobility). They recommend that we add “homecoming,” preparing people to be useful to their actual natal communities. In an impromptu discussion of the state of current education, he described it as teaching young people “to boss or be bossed, and to buy things.” I’m fascinated by what this means, whether it is true, and how to interact with the themes regardless of its truth content.
To Boss or Be Bossed, and To Buy Things
March 5, 2009 By