Is this what we want our world to be turned into by some freak minds at
Hollywood/sunnyvale/offshore type gaming studios?
Canadian MP Chief of the NDP says acceptance just isn't maybe good
enough anymore - instead All should celebrate additionally what he
brings to the globe as a mindset in its own right (see the BC Cabinet
agreeing by performing at an event in clip further below)
Displayed below: "British Columbia" Premier Campbell
enticed to come on board and supposedly "join in" with
such liberal supposed genre ideas as these?
And here he is, a full "Professor" it would appear - yet again.
Who might think this is in any way fair? Just a lone such opinion
Professor Vijay Prashad (popular on US campuses?) makes his
claim heard in new york and on youtube and in lectures everywhere...
Boarding schoolsBoarding schools in the British style
with emphasis on fostering individual
spirit within an atmosphere of
communal belonging along with a
disciplined approach towards the
learning of Humanist philosophy and
English literature. School uniforms too
across the board is preferred.
Philosophy studies at high school levels as
well as a mandatory year of Arts for students
in any other faculty at a Canadian degree
granting institution (University).
Entry examinations to determine aptitude
including weighted interviews and life
experience evaluation by responsible
Mandatory B.A. in Political Philosophy for
those planning on pursuing a Law career.
Mr. Michael Rizzo Chessman Leader
eurocoalition.org / britishcanada.org
circa (2006) Rejection overdue of the
insanity involved in
this country's clearly inane, even neanderthal seeming so-called Political
Correctness" (actually means the reverse I
say!) approach - in human terms absolutely!
this beautiful image can be
as a framed print through "World-Wide
Art" on the internet. The talented
Artist: Mr. Steve Hanks
Defence of Britain
medal - self awarded
to coalition leader
"Sir" Michael Rizzo
We have probably never been more concerned with
our material well being as a society as in recent
decades. To be able to afford the things we want
is the pre-occupation of most people. Yet, with
ever rising incomes, there is a feeling of
emptiness and a sense of desolation which
accompanies it all.
If material wants alone could sufficiently
satisfy, many more, if not most of those who
have succeeded in attaining wealth would in
fact consider themselves to be very happy indeed.
This is sadly not the case. Certainly, there can
be much satisfaction from the ability to be able
to spend freely as a result of having the economic
means to do so. I suggest, however, that those
whose lives mainly revolve around such concerns,
are in fact quite lonely and miserable to a large
extent, and feel themselves caught up in what is
really a shallow exercise on the whole.
If there's more to life than this, just where is
to be found, you ask! The answer is this. Its to
be found in a liberal arts faculty at a decent
University. With the right choices in schooling,
you can a develop a life long commitment to a
course of making wise, morally sound decisions,
while pursuing excellence in work, a passion for
the arts and a caring for our families. All of
which you should find this education has
prepared you for. In this, there is all the
happiness in the world to be found, as compared
to being simply acquisitive minded.
Consider that a good many people have no real
sense of why they do what they do, or why they
believe as they do except for habit, convention
or simple minded regurgitation. If you cannot
answer the question of why you exist in a
rationally meaningful way, you should not expect
to have much fulfillment in what you do, other
than momentary pleasures which last for varying
periods of time. We’ve all heard of those who if
asked "why do you exist?", would respond with
"well, now that I’m here, why should it matter
why I’m here, after all even if I did engage in
such an exercise, it would probably have no real
meaning for my life".
Yet, this all important question of what really
makes life worth living is what you try to answer
in a meaningful way in pursuing a liberal arts
education. When you do stumble upon the answer,
it turn out to have been signing up for your
degree in the first place. To put it more
succinctly, allow me to quote Socrates who said
"the unexamined life is not worth living". In my
own experience, I was most fortunate indeed to
have selected a world class University, The
University of Alberta. The most rewarding course I
took was at that time from the "associate chairman" of
the Department of Political Science. The course was
called "The History of Political thought". It
dealt with the great ideas of philosophy,
concerned with what is right?, what is just?,
how should we govern ourselves? and indeed how
ought men best live. Theorists from Plato, to
J.J. Rousseau, to J.S. Mill and John Locke are
dealt with in much detail in the Poli Sci 310 course,
and as well in other such senior level courses.
The aim of this education is that it seeks to
develop those abilities in a student which best
prepares them for a life of thinking intelligently
for themselves and with confidence in the values
on which they base their decisions. A recurring
theme in the lectures was the need for excellence,
the seeking of quality in our work endeavours in
order to attain the dignity we otherwise are
While at some superficial level, most are raised
to have some set of beliefs as to what is right
or wrong, too many grow up believing that it is
mainly the fear of sanction and the need for our
collective security which is the driving force
behind our sense of morals. As a result, it
becomes all too easy to abandon them at a time
or place as something best practiced when there
are no overwhelming temptations to stray from the
common path. It is this superficial level of being
civilized that a liberal arts education seeks to
deal with. Those who leave this class well taught,
have a much more substantial idea as to what makes
their sense of values worth defending. I personally
found Immanuel Kant and Erich Fromm (two of the
greatest thinkers in the humanistic tradition),
indispensable at arriving at the answer as to what
it is man can truly believe in as being worth
living for. The sense of values which one comes
to embrace as a result of combining a great
teacher of ability with a reading of prescribed
books especially by the likes of Erich Fromm,
are those which stand in the best of the humanistic
tradition. In essence you become a Christian in
spirit, as a result of these teachings. In this respect,
a trip to the bookstore might be a great place
to start your liberal arts education.
The books written by Erich Fromm are in fact very
relevant and timely as they deal contextually with
current issues facing North Americans. "The sane
society", "Man against himself - an inquiry into
ethics" and "Escape from freedom" are especially
So much for seeking sound values. The underlying
principle in the liberal arts tradition is the
pursuit of a higher level of learning for its own
sake. It is really the most clear definition of a
purpose for which to exist in the most meaningful
way. The great British philosopher John Stuart
Mill says of this that he’d rather "be a Socrates
dissatisfied than a pig satisfied". He stands
against the value system used by most people which
says "if it feels good, do it" tradition. He argues
that not everything which feels good to an
unenlightened person is a good thing to engage in.
In my view, "rap music" would certainly be a case in point.
And in this respect, he argues, those deprived of
the highest learning they can attain, lead lives
which are far short of their potential with a
resulting sense of desolation, and meaningfulness.
My advice to those who wish to lead a full and
rewarding life is this: Get a liberal arts education.
As our Prof back then was quick to point out, for someone
to have attained a law degree or a medical degree or
what have you, but not yet gained a liberal arts
education, is to have only been trained for a
profession, rather than having been truly educated.
The latter requires that often derided B.A. Yes, it
does add some amount to your student loan. But then
thats the price of a ticket to the "real" good life.
I promise you wont begrudge a penny of it when it's
time to repay that loan. You cant make a better deal
than investing in making yourself a truly educated
By the way, I made the honours list that year, but
this was only a bonus compared to the impact the
learning has had on enriching my life ever since.
Michael E. Chessman,
Founder Euro British Americas Coalition
Thank you for your two notes. They provided an
opportunity for some interesting reflection on
Dr. Bernard J. Shapiro
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Michael, I very much enjoyed reading your
passionate defence of liberal arts education.
I completed my B.A. at the University of
Massachusetts, which insisted that every student,
regardless of their major or career plans, be well
grounded in history, literature, and both the social
and physical sciences.
I initially resented what seemed to me to be
constraining and irrelevant requirements. At the end
of my first two years, however, I had gained a love of
history (which I disliked in high school), a new
understanding and appreciation of literature, and a
real fondness for the poems of Baudelaire.
All of these things - and more - have continued to
enrich my life, as your underegraduate education has
yours. I agree with you that our society has become
increasingly concerned with the material aspects of
life (and more especially with the 'bottom line' in
education) and I share your hope that this will not
blind us to the more important personal and social
benefits of a broadly-based liberal education.
All the best, and thanks for your thoughts.
Richard B. Day Phone (905) 525-9140 x 23006
Department of Psychology FAX: (905) 529-6225
McMaster University email: dayrich@mcmaster.Ca