The e-mail I received when I woke up this morning… Emma, you rock…
It’s here! I can’t believe the last first day of classes (for most of you, at least) has finally arrived. Enjoy your second / third / last lap - I’m incredibly jealous!
I was browsing in a bookstore in Cambridge this summer and stumbled upon Thomas Huxley’s A Liberal Education. The entire essay is worth reading, but this passage, in particular, made me think of you:
"That man, I think, has had a liberal education who has been so trained in youth that his body is the ready servant of his will, and does with ease and pleasure all the work that, as a mechanism, it is capable of; whose intellect is a clear, cold, logic engine, with all its parts of equal strength, and in smooth working order; ready, like a steam engine, to be turned to any kind of work, and spin the gossamers as well as force the anchors of the mind; whose mind is stored with a knowledge of the great and fundamental truths of nature and of the laws of her operations; one who, no stunted ascetic, is full of life and fire, but whose passions are trained to come to heel by a vigorous will, the servant of a tender conscience; who has learned to love all beauty, whether of nature or of art, to hate all vileness, and to respect others as himself."
Here’s to (your) liberal education, yeah? Love you all, have a great day!