David Brooks’ article, “Universities should return to spiritualism” (Oct. 8) is a move in the right direction. But, I think spirituality is a better word. Spirituality cannot be taught. However, the great works of Western, Middle Eastern and Asian civilization, such as the Bible, the Quran, the Bhagavad Gita and modern classics can certainly stimulate the spiritualty already in the student. These ideas can replace the emptiness that comes from studying a subject to “get a job.”
The university idea in the West started in a monastery, the Sorbonne. The core subjects were theology, medicine and law.
If you wanted to be an engineer, an architect or a farmer, you apprenticed yourself to a master. Now, these disciplines are university sciences, but this does not mean the humanities should be their “Handmaiden.”
The core of the university should be that which brings out the best in intelligence and character. Cal Poly is moving forward in integrating and emphasizing its liberal arts along with its technical programs.
Be a wizard with a computer, but have some cultural cultivation to put into it. That is why it is important for courses in literature, history, pure science and philosophy to be required of all students.