I’m thinking of the way that the press now actively investigate those who are trying to report abuses of power, even if error, and not those who make them. And how the so called reactionary press laud steps that we should not take. Tl:DR
You don’t get out of a dumpster fire by covering yourself in yet more gasoline.
Until we learn this, until we accept this and until we ourselves step up to the plate, we will continue to enjoy these not good times.
There is a third reading today, a lamentation for Tyre, and how it was destroyed not for its deeds, but for its trade in evil deeds. We are seeing the current debt for credentialing system — which made universities an export industry — is imploding, and it won’t be the same. This has the progressive and woke academicians concerned.
The economic downturn will force thousands of youngsters to defer entering university. More than 20 million Americans lost their jobs in April 2020 alone. Students from outside the UK and EU contribute about £6·9 billion in yearly fees to British universities. Encouraged by successive governments, who wished to bolster commercial education, institutions have come to rely on this money, which represents about a third of the total income from tuition fees. A collapse in the international student market, which seems inevitable, would have serious consequences. Australia is similarly exposed. Its higher education sector hosts more 300 000 students from overseas. Terry Hartle (Vice-President of the American Council on Education, Washington, DC, USA) expects international enrolments in US universities and colleges to fall by at least a quarter in 2020–21.
Prospective students might also be put off by the physical distancing requirements that are likely to prevail on university campuses for the foreseeable future. Much will depend on the dynamics of the pandemic. “We really do not have a handle on what will happen when it comes to September”, said Hartle. “Very few schools in the USA are certain that they will be able to open on time.”
The shift to online learning looks set to continue at least until the advent of a successful vaccine for COVID-19. This situation raises questions about whether institutions can justify a fee structure predicated on a model of face-to-face contact. “Students generally report that university is much more than just tuition—place is also really important”, said Simon Marginson (Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK). “If students are going to miss half of what usually constitutes the student experience, are they really receiving the same value for money?” Furthermore, online learning is no substitute for laboratory work.
I’ve written on this before, but the cost benefit of this is now low. It is better to be free. You don’t need to have people looking at you with disgust and assigning you to a category with associated guilt. We need instead to consider how to make a living with our hands, and to praise God for getting us away from the fees you pay, and the tears you shed, for your degree. If in doubt, pray, and do the job you can get. At the moment a salary is a good thing, and payday is a time of praise.
138 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
2 I bow down towards your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.
3 On the day I called, you answered me;
my strength of soul you increased.
4 All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord,
for they have heard the words of your mouth,
5 and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
for great is the glory of the Lord.
6 For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly,
but the haughty he knows from afar.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
and your right hand delivers me.
8 The Lord will fulfil his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures for ever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.
In particular, ignore the legalists. Those who invent new rights and new sins. Those who consider the law is aspirational: and regulate, tax, and impede anything good while allowing lawlessness to prosper.
They will not judge the nations. We will. i think that woll horrify them more than this passage.
6 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? 2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! 4 So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? 5 I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, 6 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? 7 To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? 8 But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers!
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous[b] will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practise homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
As om the time of the Romans, justice is political. A wise man avoids the law courts– if you want to see lawyers trolled, consider looking at what Owen and his bears are doing — and we should instead sort out things ourselves. If we let the law in, the lawyers will think they rule us. They do not: particularly the progressive ones.
This world wants us to take pride in our sins. Christ wants to free us from them. This is hard, but so is everything. didact sums up our enemy.
These people are literally Satanists. They stand against everything that is Good, Beautiful, and True – especially the last bit. The truth is by far the most powerful weapon that the rest of us have against them. The problem is that defending the truth is hard and very scary work.
But we still have to do it. And the wonderful thing about the truth is that if you stand up for it, and if you push it hard enough, eventually, the truth ALWAYS wins, because it is TRUE.
Lies cannot stand against truth. Do not stand in the way of the truth. Just accept it, and then, defend it.
Our future is glorious. Do not let the current set of feckless fools sitting on seats made by far more worthy men regulate you into doubt. They are damned unless they repent. So do not be like them.