Great value in great literature

Not everyone who reads great literature and is moved by it has an advanced education or would consider themselves to be an intellectual. The beauty of literature, and of any great art, is available like never before to many.

But, at this same moment in history, we, as a culture are becoming increasingly disinterested at working to spend time with things that will deepen our experience of our own feeling, of our own humanity. And so, we become obsessed with asking withering questions like, ‘can we empirically measure the value and benefit of literature, poetry, etc.’

Comment by Dee to Does Great Literature Make Us Better? by Gregory Currie

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