Anyone who knows me the tiniest bit knows that I am very anti-economy and I will once again air my thoughts here.
It all once again comes to to capitalism. In a society where the only thing of value is that which can be measured in monetary worth, understanding, knowledge, feeling of self-worth as a human being knowing they are a valued part of a greater society is worth less than the train fare to the city tomorrow morning. As a result, because we now value money as the true pursuit of life, anything other is devalued almost by default. Studies that have a truly intrinsic worth must now spend the majority of their time working towards convincing others that they have any value towards the money-orientated society.
That to me seems a tad cruel. Why would anyone feel like they need to justify their existence to those who created (or are working towards) a culture that attempts to stem out dissidents like a totalitarian regime? Why bother, are we not better than that?