At Harvard, not only have invited speakers been shouted down and sometimes assaulted, even a Harvard professor’s classroom was invaded by disruptive students who didn’t like what he was teaching. Such things have also happened at Berkeley and other elite institutions across the country, as well as at less renowned institutions.
The uniqueness of the University of Chicago is not something new. Back in the 1960s, as campus riots spread across the country, and academic administrators caved in to even the most outrageous demands, dozens of disruptive students were simply expelled from the University of Chicago and dozens more were put on probation. As Professor George J. Stigler, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, said, “our faculty united behind the expulsion of a large number of young barbarians.”
But such faculty support required a sense of mission, beyond a quiet life on campus in which to pursue one’s own career. Even as grade inflation soared, and failing grades virtually disappeared in some colleges and universities across the country, that was not true among professors of economics who had been trained at the University of Chicago.
A restaurant in Manhattan has created a $15, 25-ounce milk shake, which comes in a cream cheese frosted glass covered in marshmallows and cereal, filled with ice cream and topped with a cinnamon bun. At least that’s what it said on the toxicology report.
The CEO of Wendy’s says the election is hurting the chain’s burger sales — people are spending less because they are worried about the future. Let’s be honest here, if you’re eating a Wendy’s Baconator, you’re probably not too concerned about the future.
Heard on “Open Line Wednesday” with Mitch Pacwa: St. Jerome struggled with lust. Every time he was tempted, he studied Hebrew. He became perhaps the greatest Hebrew scholar over the course of 1,500 years. If a few bright men applied the same principles to their studies today, we could probably wipe out global hunger, cancer, and natural disasters in about six months and the women in Playboy, Maxim, and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition would be providing a useful public service by fueling the young men’s studies.
Also heard from Pacwa: Margaret Sanger was an occasional speaker at KKK women’s auxiliary meetings.
Speaking of hating the black man, did anyone see the rest of Kaepernick’s speech that the mainstream isn’t reporting? From Zero Hedge: “You have Hillary who has called black teens or black kids super predators… a presidential candidate who has deleted emails and done things illegally… That doesn’t make sense to me because if that was any other person you’d be in prison. So, what is this country really standing for?”
My two youngest start school today. Michigan public schools don’t start until September 6th, but my diocese has apparently yielded to the largely fictional notion that more schooling equals better schooling, which is like concluding that, the more you eat, the stronger you get.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure “study after study” shows that students perform better the more hours they’re in school. Thing is, common sense tells you there’s a helluva lot more to it than that. It reminds me of those kids in college who “studied” all the time but didn’t get good grades. Their “studying” was just time spent staring at the book, or socializing in the library, or pursuing inefficient methods. Those students who were forced to focus their studies into shorter sessions often did better, as evidenced by the number of young parents in my law school who consistently spent a lot of time with their toddlers and scorched the exams.
And regardless, I don’t trust those educational studies, especially when they defy common sense. Studies are conducted by experts. The testimony of the expert, as Marshall McLuhan correctly said, is like a bright flashlight aimed at one’s eyes.
Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist today. Herod’s ears liked him but a different part of his anatomy controlled this decision. Such dichotomies exist in all of us. Zen seeks to neutralize them by “just looking,” transcending all such concepts. The Christian seeks to neutralize them by “just loving,” transcending all such concepts.
The Nones’ reluctance to commit to organized religion may also stem from the moral standards a traditional faith demands. Without submission to concrete authorities, the self becomes its own magisterium. In a privatized relationship with God, the believer has little motive for self-renunciation. Whatever is difficult may be dispensed with as optional or as an unattainable ideal. The defined creed, code, and cult of an organized religion like Catholicism, by contrast, makes individual deficiencies painfully clear.
TDE Reader: “Nones” refer to those Americans who claim no religious affiliation.
“Hollywood Medium” star Tyler Henry says that his psychic abilities help him on dates, because he can always tell if there’s going to be a second date or not. Which raises the question: If you are psychic, why would you even bother showing up for a bad first date?
Astronaut Jeffrey Williams just set the U.S. record for most days in space, reaching the milestone of 521 days. It’s less of an accomplishment after NASA admitted they sort of forgot he was up there.
Hopelessly behind in life and office, so no time for blogging today. Just this quip to keep in mind as you try to live Escriva’s injunction to make life more pleasant for others while drinking with them this weekend:
“Never make people laugh. If you would succeed in life, you must be solemn, solemn as an ass. All the great monuments are built over solemn asses.” Thomas Corwin
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