At the university, “intellectual curiosity has been replaced by pro forma attention to representation,” Justin E.H. Smith writes in The Chronicle of Higher Education. More:
“As far as I’m concerned, universities are where you go to learn how to read Akkadian cuneiform tablets, the scansion of Ovid, and stuff like that. Of course, someone has to think about how to actually run the universities, and the laudable principle of self-government would seem to require that at least some academics devote a portion of their energies to compiling data on how well higher education works, though ironically this principle is being eroded at the same time as we are witnessing the proliferation of new epicycles of academic self-reflexivity.
“Mine is to some extent an echo of a line Stanley Fish was pushing for a while (Fish’s postmodernism now appears positively humanistic in comparison with what followed it): A university is a place for discovering universes in grains of sand, drawing these universes out for others to see, enriching society by connecting to and preserving bonds with things that lie beyond our society (Mexica temple architecture, quasars, Great Zimbabwe, whales). The large-scale turn to identity-focused topics and the self-referential preoccupation with the university as an object of study — not the history of the university, but the university in its current administrative functions and social dimensions — are a betrayal of the legacy of humanism.”The End of Intellectual Curiosity by Micah Mattix
Man as God
Actually, I see today’s infatuation with politics and quota-style representation as the apex of a certain flavour of humanism.
Not the outright “worship the emperor” style of the classical era, nor the Master Race of pre-sixties Darwinism.
But instead, the “we make the laws, we decide what is right and wrong, our words and will define reality” branch of humanism. A more braod-specturm form of the Divine Emperor of Roman (or Soviet, or Nazi) days.
Crushing the Subhuman
The modern worship of Man won’t tolerate an authority above Man.
In scientific circles, the superiority of the White Race was held to be a scientific fact for roughly two decades after the fall of the Reich. Then the politics changed… and the professors followed the politics.
Doing the right thing for the wrong reason is better than nothing, but there’s going to be some sort of corruption coming from it. Which we are now seeing today.
What should have happened is a wholesale ditching of Darwin and his need of subhumans to crush, and a return to observational science.
Instead, we get a redefinition of the Subhuman, from a genetic basis to a political basis.
God is merciful, though: there is an increasing, technologically-fueled pull of decentralization going on, which will hinder and break the intellectual lust for universal submission from the Inferiors.
But I fear that they can still make small, localized hellholes of oppression, fear, death, and endless lies.
What is the oldest lie?
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”Genesis 3:4-5, English Standard Version
We can seethe result of the lie in our humanist society, all around us, as it slips into various wasteful and destructive manias, increasing poverty, and large-scale sterility.
And so it ever becomes,for the enemies of God, those who hate His Law-Word
But with Christ, there is truth and life and the blessings of God. And naturally so, as Christ came to uphold the Law, and our own obedience to the Law of God shows which Lord we serve.
Let’s further our obedience, and look for ways, large and small, to Expand His Kingdom.