An emphasis on vocational skills and technical expertise has completely overshadowed the need for "non-technical" learning. In fact, people have been so convinced of the irrelevance of intellectual disciplines (which have anyway never been seen as accessible) that, as a result, they do not see human wisdom as relevant and applicable to everyday life. They have no interest in learning or using the humanities. This leads to limited and weak participation in people's own culture and to their being cut off from the global cultural context. The resulting lack in comprehensive knowledge of the past and of the world as a whole means an inability to make informed decisions on social issues.