It’s not easy being Schiller.

Despite the school’s professional emphasis, Carl-Eugen stressed that students’ primary area of study was the knowledge of man, the most cherished of Enlightenment values. To that end, classes were given regular essay assignments like “Which student among you has the worst moral character?” Time was set aside for the students to write detailed studies of another’s characters and habits.

via Paris Review – Enlightened: Schiller at the Hohe Carlsschule, Michael Lipkin.