In his Op-Ed Page column ("Why Learn? Why Live?" Oct. 8) Albert Wachtel left out something very important in his defense of the much maligned liberal arts.
A liberal arts education has value not only because it produces a number of people who "contribute" by "developing their productive energies" in order to "take up the baton" and run "into an uncharted and therefore hope-filled future."
Even more important is the fact that liberal arts teach a broad and deep perspective on the human condition which enables all of us to appreciate life fully and to feel a friendly connection between ourselves and others. And that feeling makes it possible for us to live peaceably, justly and wisely.