Unwanted wisdom

Richard Rohr

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you try to assert wisdom before people have themselves walked it, be
prepared for much resistance, denial, push-back, and verbal debate.”

Richard Rohr, (Falling Upward; via MINemergent)

This is very true. There is also the reality that people who speak truth in these days, whose “yes” is yes and whose “no” is no, who and actually deal with the issues that become big, white elephants in the room, well these people are going to be resisted, are going to be accused, and are going to be opposed. (The vested interests of the status-quo will not recuse themselves easily, even as their failure is imminent.)

This is too bad, because when we speak truthfully, with consistency, and actually deal squarely with the real problems we face, then real, positive, and workable change for the better can occur.  This is, of course, called integrity. 

When we live within integrity, we then earn a hearing and garner respect from those who want nothing to do with the institutions to which we (I) belong – namely, the Church.

The New Freshmen Class of 2015

The new 2011 Beloit College Mindset List for the new freshmen class of 2015 is now out.

“This year’s entering college class of 2015 was born just as the Internet
took everyone onto the information highway and as Amazon began its
relentless flow of books and everything else into their lives.  Members
of this year’s freshman class, most of them born in 1993, are the first
generation to grow up taking the word “online” for granted and for whom
crossing the digital divide has redefined research, original sources and
access to information, changing the central experiences and methods in
their lives. They have come of age as women assumed command of U.S. Navy
ships, altar girls served routinely at Catholic Mass, and when
everything from parents analyzing childhood maladies to their breaking
up with boyfriends and girlfriends, sometimes quite publicly, have been
accomplished on the Internet.”

The whole list is below the jump.

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American Kids Immersed in Chinese, Asian Education – The Daily Beast

Here is an interesting article in Newsweek – “How To Raise a Global Kid” (now found on The Daily Beast website) concerning what parents who can afford such things are doing with their children and their kid’s education to make sure that they are more than adequately prepared for the future.  With Asia in the ascendence and the West, including the USA, in the process of decline, if not crumbling, they see the necessity in educating their children to be “global kids.”

First of all, among those who are considered “movers and shakers” outside of our crass political spheres there is the recognition that the West – Europe and the USA as the predominate entities – will not be able to resurrect out of our decline.  Therefore, was people enmeshed in the “world economy” and of means, they are assuring a global oligarchy that extends beyond geo-political boundaries.  What does this foretell concerning the vast majority of young people and their education in U.S. schools?  What does this foretell concerning the U.S.’s ability to actually solve the fundamental and profound problems we are facing (let alone the E.U. Euro and debt issues)?

While I sincerely hope that we are able to squarely face our problems, right now I sadly doubt we have the will within our collective minds and believe that we no longer have politicians who will make the very tough decisions to avoid collapse of our derived “empire.”  Worryingly, I think we have to hit bottom before anything is truly done.

This bodes not well for emerging generations.  Those who have the means and who have parents savvy enough to know what is going on in the broad, world scheme will come through as “global kids” who will inhabit the global oligarchy. That means the center of power will no longer be the West. I don’t want this to be fear-mongering, but I just don’t see the leadership necessary to deal with the issues.



“Attentiveness to peculiar narrative identity seems to me an urgent practical enterprise for a religious community that is often so bland that it loses its raison d’etre. The issue is to practice a peculiar identity that is not craven in the face of the moralisms of the right or the left.”

– Walter Brueggemann, quoted in “Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church”; by Kenda Creasy Dean; p. 61.