In an interview last year, I was asked why we use the arts and humanities so much on the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme. To me, the question revealed a couple of assumptions. First, that the most important knowledge is proto-scientific, technical and in the main, rational.
Driving down the hill this afternoon, I bumped into my neighbour, Vicente. He is one of the few people (even round here) who lives mostly off the land. I mentioned I was heading down to the office to do a bit of work. 'I don't work' he said. This puzzled me. After all, I happen to know that this week he and his family have harvested (by hand) several tonnes of olives. 'I only do what I like' he said. 'I don't have any money, but then I don't work like you do'.