Seeing other possibilities of being

“Anthropology…educates our perception of the world and opens our eyes to other possibilities of being.” ~ Tim Ingolt

This quote from a British anthropologist in an exhibit at the Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology stopped me in my tracks. “Opens our eyes to other possibilities of being.”

Really, it seemed to me, so many things—things that are often devalued in society with its emphasis on studying “practical matters”—open your eyes to other possibilities of being. Studying other cultures, dabbling in art, and seeking to understand human nature through language, psychology, sociology, and various other humanities fields all school you in the ways of the larger world.

Suddenly I realized how deep and rich my lifelong pursuit of art and humanities subjects has been and how much meaning my study of other cultures, languages, and arts has given me. All have helped me see different perspectives…or possibilities of being in the world.

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