This is an experiment.

It’s an experiment…in literary study. Humans over millennia have proven the power of story to illuminate that which is hardest to see and hear and speak of in real life. In fact, the human brain evolved to think in narrative form–it is how we make sense of the most important lessons of existence.

Americans built their country and “Dream” on the basis of rigorous study in the humanities–philosophy, history, and languages. It’s telling that our political forefathers became fluent first as readers, writers, and speakers before gaining facility in the natural sciences. I believe our (relatively) recent emphasis on “STEM” as the route to gaining competitive advantage over other countries and cultures, at the expense of foundational disciplines and skills, is a significant contributing factor to what has become a citizenry that lacks in civic education and the ability to communicate productively.