“More Weighty Matters”

Mr. Nick Kruckenberg, a former Director of the Undergraduate Advising Center, responds to the writings of the historians Plutarch and Thucydides featured in “What Concerns Antiquity” by examining the problem of how to sort through all of the information our society creates:

Mr. Kruckenberg says that a good education can help us sort through information in a way that picks out what is more important and what is less important. Have you seen that your education so far has helped you do this to some degree? How might your future education at Catholic University increase your ability to judge what is less important and what is more important?

Photo: “Bootprint on the Lunar Surface” by NASA.

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  1. Jaesen Evangelista says:

    Wow. I feel like this video was made for me because on the previous post, I totally thought that history should only be facts. The video makes a good point that we need an education, not just facts. We need something to connect the facts and make it significant. However, I still stay true to my opinion that history should be interpreted in our own way. I agree that education is a sharing experience, meaning we need other people’s opinions of history, their interpretations, and their insight. But, education is not entirely based on other people. We need to contribute a little bit of ourselves to make our education truly our own, and truly worthwhile. Sometimes, if not most of the time, we will need to separate the writer from the written, the facts from the opinions in history in order to come to a conclusion for ourselves of what history is really telling us. We need to come up with our own insights and becomes our own writers.

  2. Cecilia Bracey says:

    This video is enlightening because it comments on the society that the Class of 2021 has grown up in. This society is all about information, but nothing is explained fully. The speaker say, “We are informed but not well informed.” We could take an example from our election this year. There were many ideas and information circulating that was nothing more than a headline or misinterpreted information. Because our society is used to the 30 second news clip, the headlined article or the satirical cartoon, we do not investigate. We leave the thinking to other people. That is what the speaker of this video is trying to remind us. We go to college to think for ourselves, and to investigate. It is worth mentioning that the speakers negative tone leaves no real identification as to what will save society. In a world on information overload, how do we sort out its importance? That is the new question we must answer.

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