The segregation of courses into various fields of study for centralisation and mastery was borne out of the establishment of the specialisation theory and the division of labour. It had been man’s natural phenomenon to gather round issues collectively and to provide solutions to them owing to the inherence of the old English cliche: two heads are better than one, until it was to be seen as barbarous and arduous when Sir Adam Smith‘s input brought the needed efficiency to human and managerial technical know-how and most significantly, to the isolation of knowledge into individual units. However, this academic elevation has made students to believe they are only subjected to their various fields of studies’ activities, resulting into lesser whims for other field’s activities. This subsequently has discouraged the exploration of knowledge for pleasure and the seeking after transcendence which were eminent among the men of old.
The success of Economics as a course of study cannot be cohesively emphasised without the mention of literature, and to the basic, English grammar. Economics, as a deductive and inductive curriculum would go a long way in the application of literature in the synopsis of its positive and normative aspects; normative especially. It was to this measure Economics is claimed to be something of storytelling and not of science according to Noam Smith. He however reiterated that Economics, as a subject of versatility with the way Economists dabble into other subjects’ materiality and originality for their own interpretation and in their own processing, remains a swell science of paramount existence.
Since the introduction of mathematical and mechanical tools into Economics for regular and effective data collateral, formulation and interpretation which has been surmounting unequivocal calculative blemish, it is only logical to have the action of literature handy for the presentation of these data to the public in a way that would be elaborative, engaging, clear and not too ambiguous to comprehend. This is one major reason Economics is considered for a global Nobel recognition.
To be an Economist is invariably taken to mean to be an author of books and a man of substantial oratory prowess. An Economist can only be praised with the way he thinks, reads, writes, and the way he argues issues of fundamentalism to his side. This could be regarded as living; for to live is to have more than a million ideas rolled up on one’s sleeves. Sir Ken Robinson may be making reference to this when he said:
Human beings have very powerful imaginations; and we don’t live in the world in the same way that other creatures seem to. We don’t live in the world quite so directly, we live in the world of ideas… we have concepts, artefacts, languages, music, images, theories, philosophies, faiths and values which we work-on, inherit, construct, challenge, change and form. We end up living in the world virtually through the ideas that we conceive.
Therefore, for an Economist to be able to live as one, it owns up much to the fact of how much ideas he is ready to propel using literary tools, and how well he can communicate the theories behind the collateral of quantitative and qualitative data.
About the writer:
Aremu Adams Adebisi is a writer of distinct literary genres. He is an undergraduate of Economics and a lover of controversies.