As I walked through the landscape of buildings and historical monuments, I felt relief and gratitude. How could it be, that this institution that I have the privilege to attend, has such wondrousness with all of its reverence for the good and the old? Professors gave cordial smiles as we walked by, the students were dressed decent, and discussions were being held about important things. Everyone seemed so serious about where they were headed, that I had to question why this place gets brushed under the rug by college promoters. I knew I had found a great place to develop ethical, intellectual, and spiritual wisdom.
To say that Hillsdale College is merely a great school for a bunch of Conservatives is disingenuous. What is this small and isolated place really about anyway? Many people falsely believe that the school is a breeding ground for the Heritage Foundation, where students will merely learn to recite Aristotle, Locke, and other philosophers who espoused many beautiful and timeless ideas. But I think the school holds more value than we can really comprehend. In a nation where the culture is in steady decline and moral truths about our human condition are being casually mocked, a school like Hillsdale College can be a great refuge to one who seeks an authentic education, while learning how to live a better life with such information.
And how is a Conservative supposed to get by at modern Progressive campuses? As one who has endured two of them, I must say that both my political and religious values were continuously expected to be suppressed, in order to meet professors’ expectations. They are dangerous. Many times, I had to choose between values and receiving a good grade. It’s as if these ideologues do not seek to foster a sense of creativity and individualism in each student, but instead force blind conformity to their versions of the truth. Yet, the truth is eternal and unchanging. It will always be there since the laws of nature and nature’s God have already been set in place for us to endure together. That is why, as President Larry Arnn stated at the Convocation, we must all seek to agree about what the truth really is. What good is it to “agree to disagree” if someone will always be wrong?
It is often said at Hillsdale College that each student will be humbled when they discover just how ignorant they are. Ignorant, not in the sense of careless stupidity, but in realizing that there is so much a mind cannot know in one lifetime due to its own limitations. It will ultimately result in valuable lessons. If we strive to understand the true, the good, and the beautiful, then we can solve at least some of our problems in a dignified manner.