The humanities have the potential to bring you into contact with Orwell, Churchill and Quentin Crisp. All great advocates of freedom and self-reliance and also rather entertaining!This has been a slow decay over the last 30 years. The less self reliant you allow the general public to become, the more reliant they are on centralised government, hence Public bodies and the government get more power.
Look at how COVID has panned out. The public have been screaming for more money to be poured into the NHS, whilst asking MPs to restrict our freedoms and doing an Orwellian applause all at the same time. Look at the state of our education system. There's a reason why it is now a far Left pile of shite that teaches far too many humanities and soft sciences and not enough subjects that are of actual use in the real world.
Resilient people = Small Government. Why would our MPs ever want that? God knows where we will be in 40 years time.