James recounts his educational journey from being a capable yet apathetic student who did the bare minimum, to someone who loved learning and was excited about the good the true and the beautiful. How did a teenage boy who thought school was just about getting a job, and passing was all that mattered, grow up to choose to do a seemingly 'useless' degree like a Bachelor of Liberal Arts?
Our focus on usefulness alone has come at the cost of Truth, Beauty and Goodness. But as John Henry Newman wrote, "though the useful is not always good, the good is always useful."
Check out Difff's other podcast: Chiron, conversations about the past to help make sense of the present.
And James' other podcast: The Art of Inquiry, inquiries into the nature of the world and humanity with expert level guests passionate about their field.
Music: 'Inspiring Dreams' by Keys of Moon | https://soundcloud.com/keysofmoon
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