[The humanities] invite—they compel—us to confront the truth about ourselves and help us to inhabit with greater understanding the disjointed condition of longing and defeat that defines the human condition. Achilles’ reflections on honor and memory and the fleeting beauty of youth; Shakespeare’s defense of love against the powers of sluttish time Kant’s struggle to put our knowledge of certain things on an unchallengeable foundation so as to place the knowledge of others forever beyond reach; Caravaggio’s painting of the sacrifice of Isaac, which depicts a confusion of loves that defeats all understanding; and so on endlessly through the armory of humanistic works: the subject is always the same. The subject is always man, whose nature it is to yearn to be more than he is.
― Charles Murray,
Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing American Schools Back to Reality
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