Studying the Humanities – NYTimes.com

Nicholas Kristof begins by quoting E. O. Wilson’s observation that “we are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.” T. S. Eliot offered a similar formulation of the relationship between wisdom and information in his poem “Choruses From ‘The Rock’ ”:

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?

Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

Mr. Kristof’s point that knowledge of great literature cultivates the wisdom necessary to sustain our essential humanity finds its perfect embodiment in Eliot’s lines.

William Wadsworth, letter to the editor, in Studying the Humanities – NYTimes.com.

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