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“and we are here because the liberal arts are taught here in a distinctive manner”

April 19, 2009

Reading the school’s first newsletter, it was apparent to me in a beautiful way that the TMC enterprise was meant from the beginning as a communal adventure in which teachers, administrators, students (and alumni by extension) are called to be, each in their own way, equal sharers and stewards of a common vision. To deny the share of any of these is to attack the vision as a whole.

Read it here.

“The Board of Trustees alone, rather than the alumni or any other entity or persons, has the duty of governance, and … the Report therefore cannot be an invitation to continual dialogue.”
–The Special Committee of the Thomas More College Board of Trustees

“Such a view neglected one truth revealed by Christ: that equality is part of the good.”
–Dr. Peter V. Sampo

“It has escaped you that a geometric equality holds great sway among gods and men, but you suppose it is necessary to overreach others.”

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Finny permalink
    April 19, 2009 6:06 pm

    You should cross reference this onto the alumni board. That place needs a good shot in the arm of beauty. And hope.

  2. rainscape permalink*
    April 19, 2009 6:25 pm

    Actually, this is pretty much taken straight from something I said on the Alumni board … check it out. I’m actually really happy with how things are happening there. Yeah, it gets ugly, but that’s because folks reveal themselves to themselves and others when we discuss the most important things, beauty, truth, goodness, and how to live in the midst of contingent circumstances. Those events need to happen too; it gives one a chance to say: wow, that’s how I sound and look, is that how I really am, or want to be?

  3. pseudonoma permalink
    April 19, 2009 9:50 pm

    I like the spirit of the post and thank you for it.

    Reluctant as I am to so much as entertain even the gesture of a suggestion on this general matter about which it seems to me too much has already been said, I cannot resist inquiring about a distinct, though not unrelated point that your post so provocatively underscores: How is equality in any ways to be associated with liberal education? Does it characterize the manner in which such an education can be received? Is it an expectation to be set upon the availability of such an education? Does it refer to the manner in which the fruits of such an education are to be distributed or attained? Or is it because liberal education has been all too readily associated with equality that it finds itself yoked with the misbegotten task of rescuing culture, or embarassingly handed over as an ornament to a political purpose?

    I do not intend a merely rhetorical flippancy here, but it seems that what is sacred in this world of its own accord constellates a hierarchy among those who would recieve it. Otherwise it is given in a way that this world as such does not yet recognize.

  4. Mary Bonifield permalink
    April 20, 2009 10:10 pm

    Thank you for putting up Thomas More’s first Newsletter . . . I would like to comment on pseudonoma’s comment; I’ll probably just end up quoting something from Donald Cowan’s Unbinding Prometheus: Education for the Coming Age, but anyway.

    Just wanted to thank you, rainscape.

  5. pseudonoma permalink
    April 21, 2009 11:25 am

    In the spirit of the last comment, which seems to have been made so as not to be made, I would like to append a reluctant retractatio to my own initial comment, as I by no means wished to sound ungrateful or, perhaps more to the point, redundant.

    In a similar spirit, then, I recant –and yet do not recant, for the truth is I had not the slightest inkling that these questions, hard and heavy as they seemed to me (and not at all confined in their relevance to a single institution), held answers that were so readily able to be referenced, and so well understood that they were not in the end worth referencing anyway. But even though these questions have long since been settled and are, as it now appears, not worth even raising in a forum such this, I still think them to be good testimony to the fact that common knowlege is not so common. In my intial comment on the hierarchical reception of the sacred, I had in mind another book, that I too did not quote: Plato’s Republic.

    Thanks for the (oblique) guidance, however! I will have to dust off my copy of Unbinding Prometheus and have a look. And thanks to Thomas More College that the education I received has not at all ended!

  6. rainscape permalink*
    April 21, 2009 12:11 pm

    I am still considering your heavy and hard questions, Pseudonoma.

    However, please do not take the comment above as a dismissal of your wonder, or as suggesting that the answers to your questions are to be found ready-to-hand in Unbinding Prometheus. It is not necessary to read what Miss Bonifield writes in that way, and seems contrary to the spirit of the comment which you are claiming to take your cue from.

    In fact, her “just” and “but anyway” seem to recognize the inadequacy, though not necessarily irrelevance, of reference to Donald Cowan as a full comment on your comment.

    Please moderate your conversation.

  7. pseudonoma permalink
    April 21, 2009 12:23 pm

    Thanks for the clarification!

    Respectfully yours.

  8. pseudonoma permalink
    April 21, 2009 12:29 pm

    Thanks for the clarification!

  9. Sebastian permalink
    May 4, 2009 7:36 pm


    I feel that this is the point at which you tell me which dialogue that quote from Socrates is from.


  10. Sebastian permalink
    May 9, 2009 9:52 am

    Thanks Adam.

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