The Intellectual Imperative
One of the most compelling stories in children’s literature is Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. It tells the story of two charlatan tailors who promised to weave invisible clothes for the emperor. This robe they said will only be seen by people of high stature and will be invisible to low-born, uncultured citizens of the kingdom. The emperor “wore” the invisible clothes on the day of an important parade. Everyone in the kingdom, including the wisest men, pretended to be impressed by the Emperor’s robe for fear of chastisement. The king marched in the parade in gallant exhibition of his clothes until a young boy in the crowd shouted, “But the king has no clothes!” Sometimes it takes the impudent honesty of a child to speak the truth that even the most accomplished, well renowned and proficient among us are afraid to deal with. Truth is often a daunting if not a precarious subject. One of the primary tenets of the Blue and Silver is to “speak up for those who cannot speak, protect the rights of those who are poor, helpless and needy” (Prov. 31:9). This can only be done if truth is upheld in whatever situation, no matter how awkward or distressing the consequences of it sometimes are. This year’s theme for the 64th anniversary of PCU is “Declaring the Lord’s Favor”, a premise that resonates with magnificent achievements and divine indulgence. However when we declare that the Lord has favoured us, are we conveying a truthful assessment of the condition of our university? Or is it just a form of false piety in the hopes of avoiding having to answer the pressing issues that are significant to the daily lives of our students? Yes, in the midst of our festivities there remain questions looming in the minds of many of our students about certain issues that affect our lives as members of the PCU community. Some of these questions involve the dramatic increase of miscellaneous fees as well as the seeming vacuum...
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