Literature is that stuff that summaries and points to the substance whereas mere science and philosophy is too cumbersome to come to the point quickly and succintly.
There is a saying that s its better to remain silent and be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt . While the polys lapped up the attention this week over talk of their heroes , many of them would have been better off to say nothing . The key offenders revealed that they don't read widely enough and made us think their wisdom comes too much from listening to themselves ( if only) .
Hockey won the point with us /many by putting John Stuart Mills name forward as a great thinker of his time. If we are to reach young people, it seems to me a testimony that relates to the present is critical . Would the mere mention of Galbraith , Ghandi or Mandella have gazumped the dance
party atmosphere by those who are now just playing around ?