November 09, 2010

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 81, Issue 4

Looking for Knowledge-Hungry Students

I am writing to discuss an issue that “ even at a university “ does not often receive the attention it deserves. I am amazed at how many students at Niagara are anti-intellectual regarding the issue of opinions. As a pro-intelligence student, I feel like a minority, and it's sad.
I don't believe it's necessarily that most individuals support the right to disregard intellectualism “ and I use the term right very loosely. There are some, don't get me wrong, but I believe the real plague is indifference. A sense of apathy. It's more work to figure out what intellectualism is all about, and it's even more work to take a stance on the issue. After all, you could risk upsetting your friends, or even your family, if you were to take the radical stance of defending intellectualism. Who wants to cause trouble?
Well, if there is one moral issue worth fighting for, it is the right of knowledge-hungry students. A common anti-intellectual argument today is I don't support anti-intellectualism; I support the right to be an idiot. If this is the argument that you currently use, I advise you to stop. You're embarrassing yourself. If you don't support an act itself on moral grounds, then you must think that the act is at least somewhat evil. If indeed it is evil, why in the world would you support the right for someone else to do it?
But it's a student's right, I can't tell them what to do with their mind. Correct, you can't. The problem is, their decision to disregard sound reasoning, rationality, and opinions based not on dogma, but on logic, doesn't just affect their mind, it also affects “ rather, destroys “ the social standards ,which prohibit ignorant people from going on diatribes completely lacking in valid reasoning. But anti-intellectuals think so rarely, it probably hurts their brains to do so! Are you kidding me? I'd like you to show me the brain of an anti-intellectual that is actually developed enough to have adequately formed pain receptors.
Although the porous arguments by anti-intellectual abortionists are awfully tempting, I think I'm going to side with Socrates on this one when he said, The unexamined life is not worth living. He seems like a better role model to me. NU students, don't be afraid to stand up for the right to think critically! You are not alone.

Nigel Mahoney

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