Free from social pressure to perform
I tried to envision what authentic intellectual work might be, how it might draw in ordinary learners without losing its reach to the depths.
Intellectual activity nurtures an inner life, a human core that is a refuge from suffering as much as it is a resource for reflection for its own sake.
We should understand that real learning is hidden learning, that learning at bottom must be withdrawn from the pressure to produce economic, social, or political outcomes.
Such a vision of the work of the mind leaves it open to anyone who has a desire for it.
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