If all the navel gazing from liberal arts land has any end product, it’s a modicum of self-knowledge. Mike Lacher used that self-knowledge to find a vein and bleed all over the McSweeney’s blog with a chuckle-worthy shtick about just how useful a liberal arts degree can be compared to a technical education when the fate of mankind hangs in balance.
And a lot of the research we do here couldn’t have happened without your groundbreaking work on suburban malaise and its representation and repression in John Hughes’ films. I hope you’re still that good, because when you’re lowering a hydrogen bomb into a craggy mass of flying astronomic death with barely any gravity, you’re going to need to draw on all the multidisciplinary reason and analysis you’ve got.
So it brings to mind the question: what good is self-knowledge if it reveals that you’re pretty much a posing fool? Are we better off without it? I still say “No”, but not at anywhere near the price we’re paying.