The Liberal Arts as an Antidote to Life’s Stomach-Level Sadness

2 pages | 520 words

In his commencement speech at a graduation ceremony at Kenyon College, D. F. Wallace has managed to express his view of life sincerely, saturated with "a stomach-level sadness." This is not the kind of outlook that is usually associated with liberalism, but Wallace's brand of liberalism is different from the standard fare. It is a liberalism that is deeply sensitive and aware of the tragic dimension of human existence. It is a liberalism that does not shy away from sadness and tragedy, but instead embraces them as part of the human condition.