Balance In Higher Education Not As Simple As It Sounds



Wilma Snyder writes to say that she wants to see more (political) balance in higher education.

Were it only so simple as she makes it sound.

In understanding the foibles of the human condition, it is extremely productive to look backward, for example, looking over the letter written 2,000 years ago by a Roman citizen deploring the ways of youth in his day.

We conclude that people are wired the way they are wired and that is pretty much the way it is.

On the other hand, the reason that the political landscape of much or all of the world today is littered with failure after failure of almost unbelievable scope is because politicians steer the way "forward" with their noses pointed to the rear, ignoring what is happening today that matters, the otherwise clearly visible trailblazes that mark the way forward being little attended to.

We are now within the foothills of the Third Industrial Revolution -- and, believe me, when we (that is, our grandchildren and theirs) make the way up to the passes and over, down into the valleys, little if anything from the material and political world today will be much recognizable. Our day will primarily be the subject matter of delightfully amusing historical romance novels "from the early third millennium."

So, rest easy. Forget communism, fascism, socialism, fundamentalist religious radicalism of all stripes and sorts. Forget conservatives, liberals, and Libertarians, ad nauseum.

None of that will any longer, in any way, be relevant to life in those approaching days. Love and hate will survive. Capital and labor -- as we know them -- will not.

The forces leading to the longer-term future, of course, already operate quite forcefully today. They are not, overall, particularly sinister -- just extremely unfamiliar and totally comprehensive to a degree never before witnessed by man. We have been launched on this course without our knowledge or consent and have no option but to follow it through as best as we are able.

This is not to suggest passivity as a course, but rather to listen to your informed common sense, not to the corner politician lying through his teeth.

The same, naturally, could have been said in and for the past, and probably was. I see that we did not listen hard enough then.

Allen N. Wollscheidt, Payson

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