'Literally' used figuratively is not going to undermine our ability to understand, any more than the two competing meanings of the word 'wicked' do. Please stop complaining about it, because it is literally boring me to tears.
Y’know what? He’s right. Looks like “caring about people misusing ‘literally’” needs to be filed along with the Oxford comma under “linguistic/grammatical affectations about which the internet has become passionately insistent” (or “which the internet has become passionately insistent about”, while I’m in pedant-tweaking mode).
You can have the “proper” meaning of “disinterested”, though, when you prise it from my cold, dead hands.
After all, from my very childhood, I had understood that the artistic experience, at its highest, was actually a natural analogue of mystical experience. […] I had learned from my own father that it was almost blasphemy to regard the function of art as merely to reproduce some kind of a sensible pleasure or, at best, to stir up the emotions to a transitory thrill. I had always understood that art was contemplation, and that it involved the action of the highest faculties of man.