Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


CNN host Fareed Zakaria claimed: "American universities seem committed to every kind of diversity except intellectual diversity.  Conservative voices and views are being silenced entirely."
That remark is a flagrant overgeneralization.  Regarding liberal students attending so called liberal universities, Zakaria noted: “From the beginning, people understood that this meant protecting and listening to speech with which you disagreed.  It's an attitude of self-righteousness that says we are so pure, we're so morally superior, we cannot bear to hear an idea with which we disagree”
He added:"Liberals think they are tolerant but often they aren't.  No one has a monopoly on right or virtue.  In fact, it is only by being open to hearing opposing views that people on both sides of the political spectrum can learn something.  By talking seriously and respectfully about agreements and disagreements, we can come together in a common conversation.  Recognizing that while we seem so far apart, we do actually have a common destiny."
Zakaria insists that behavior demonstrates "an anti-intellectualism" on the left.  He is correct, but both liberal and conservative students at universities also understand that they have a right to change the channel on their T.V. and walk out of an assemble, or protest what the speaker at their graduation is saying.  Indeed, those who behave in such a manner are guilty of being ill-mannered by drowning or walking out on the graduation speaker they find offensive.
However, Martin Luther King explained: “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
Conservative students who choose to attend conservative colleges, are most likely to never have an opportunity to walk out on a controversial graduation speaker.


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