“Ideas make us think; we think ideas. They are what are urgent in our minds—contrary to the mindset of colleges and universities which are proudest claiming that they teach how to do it, how to think, how to write, how to read and end up leaving the students cold, in debt, stupidified and hating what they’ve done in those years in classrooms, being prepared mostly for bad jobs—and unable even to follow the news in something more than a tabloid.”
Couldn’t express better the emptiness of the claim so frequently made in education that the content of one’s thought or writing doesn’t matter, that there is only a skill to be taught. This is connected with the way that art in the university is emptied out by bureaucracy. All institutions are agnostic with respect to art—all languages, styles, positions, stances and manners have to be treated equally, which spreads the illusion that they actually are all equal, and hence equally pointless. The educative power of art itself, as described in an earlier post, is utterly negated in favor of bureaucratic forms. This has some relevance to abstraction, because there is a fine distinction to be made between the ideas that art has, and those that possess it.