Most of us are obsessed with studying courses that would enable us to get a good job and make a lot of money. That is why once the majority of us finish high school, we straight away make a cue for the nearest engineering college or business school. There are very few of us who even consider a college education in the humanities. Subjects like literature, history, psychology and sociology hold little interest for us. And even for those who are interested in these subjects, the desire to play it safe means that most of us will take admission in the standard business and science programs.
Many parents are proud of the artistic ability of their children or the vast amount of general knowledge that they have. However, when it comes to choosing a path in life, they will firmly discourage their wards from going anywhere near the arts. But there are many studies which are emerging in recent times that suggest that an education in the arts would help students from other walks of life as well. Many of the Asian countries who were looking purely at marks and encouraging practicality in their curriculum are now encouraging their students to take courses in the humanities so that they become more creative.
Scientists and engineers should also take a humanities course so that they may delve deeper into the ethics of what they are doing. During the course of their work they are prone to make discoveries and invent machines which have multiple uses. A course in humanities would encourage them to think on the moral values behind the reasons for such use. And considering all that has gone on in the financial world in recent times with so many scams galore, it might be a good idea for bankers to take a course in ethics and philosophy as well.
Humanities also push us to be creative. This is a quality that comes in useful in all walks of life. While analysing complex scientific issues and trying to find ways out of a financial crisis, creativity is a gift that is required by all. Humanities also teach us to question accepted truths and seek to challenge the laws imposed by those in authority. Societies cannot be run by bankers and engineers alone. Society also needs thinkers, philosophers, historians, social workers and artists. That is why subjects that teach humanities should be taken by all.