Taken from an article on Reality.org on the campus.
Within the American university is an imperceptible shift of allegiance from age-old principles to a new banner of peremptory axioms and half-considered adages. The twentieth-century witnessed this tacit transformation of the university from a place of learning to the bastion of failing propositions, as cries for progress permeated the unshaped minds of the rising generation, drowning out centuries of tradition. This new wave of educators and its protages are committed more than the previous to rejecting all standards of the good, the beautiful, and the true, replacing them with transitory social, cultural and political paradigms. Each successive generation is characterized by its will to reject the one preceding it, rendering many American minds devoid of tradition and of a belief in any standard of truth. A nation without these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of man and citizens is a country slowly decaying into a spiritual stupor.
Aristotle once wrote, “Man by nature desires to know.” And, in the words of the Claremont Institute’s Chris Flannery, what man by nature ultimately most needs to know is the final end, or highest good, or that for the sake of which all things exist. Thus, education or what it ought to be is simply the process by which individuals discover their chief and highest end in life the purpose for which they exist. America’s traditional form of learning the liberal arts seeks to answer those fundamental questions at the heart of the human experience.
Once upon a time in early America, educators in the long line of the liberal arts tradition understood this point. Mission statements of nearly every college pay tribute to America’s Greco-Roman heritage and Judeo-Christian tradition, for their founders recognized our past as something enduring and inherently valuable. It was not until the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries that a rejection of America’s heritage in the university slowly marred and forever changed the spiritual legacy of learning.
Feel free to read the whole article. It is surely beautiful prose. But it goes to a point I have made in the past, while discussing writing, beautiful writing that does not make a clear point, misses the point.
The point, I believe he was trying to make, is that our Universities have lost their direction in teaching the lessons of the past. The teaching of guiding the student on a journey of inner discovery. To teach ethics and morality. The new Liberal progressive professors teach an ideology with a weak foundation that endangers the future of our Country. Knowledge without the guidance on how to apply it is incredibly dangerous. The new generations are being taught that everything is ok, and there is no good and evil, no black and white, everything is shades of grey. This, my friends, is a dangerous place to live. The lessons of the past are pushed aside for the Liberal, progressive concepts being taught today. There seems to be no respect for anything of the past. The professors seem to behave, like the whole of what came before was ignorant and useless. Anything related to Judeo-Christian morality is to be shunned.
Well I say, a society without a moral compass, and without a good foundation in the lessons of the past, is sure to crumble.