In response to my post about career advice (below), a friend e-mailed:
Harvard's duty isn't to compel consenting adults (some of whom are good people, some of whom aren't) to be better people--this isn't kindergarten, and we don't take classes on the value of being true to yourself. Harvard meets its obligation by presenting us with a variety of theories of success (some of which you might find revolting).I'm not sure about this one. I'd like to think Harvard, and all educational institutions, have something of a duty to better society, and I'm not sure it betters society to advise people to be jerks in order to get ahead in their careers. I don't know. And I'm not sure a couple of classes on being true to yourself, whatever that means, would be such a bad idea.