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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Cause for Optimism

Human nature’s longing for spirituality is being reasserted among college students.

A new website link has been added to our list (under Links, above).  Maggie’s Farm is self-described as a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn’t pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does “try my best to be just like I am,” and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime.

A recent posting on Maggie’s Farm provides a link to a report that summarizes findings in interviews with several thousand college students.  First, the majority of those students consider themselves to be religious and look to organized religions for guidance and support.  Second, the majority of those students who consider themselves to be religious are politically conservative.

With God’s help, the secular religion of socialism may slowly expire, if not among academic intellectuals, among the general populace.

The posting, titled Those Happy College Days, reads:

Before we hear about the depressed and suicidal freshman entering class of 2005 in the New York Post, this report?examines and collates the spiritual and religious patterns exhibited?by the?college freshman class of 2004.? It?reveals kids with a lot more going on than mere existential angst.?Yet, they still need to be told that the journey they are on will never come to a finish,?they will never be sure that this is “it” and in the end, it will not have been how they spent their time while on the journey nor who?they befriended?or where they sought solace. In the end, no matter what?their age,?they will always just remain “babes in the woods.”

“How often do we encounter a research program that addresses a set of questions
so central, so pivotal, so critical, and in retrospect, so obvious, that we wonder aloud why no one thought to ask these questions before??
?Lee S. Shulman, President
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Read here: ?

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Posted by Thomas E. Brewton on 04/21 at 12:50 AM
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