Sunday, September 02, 2012

"Sybaritic animals, who drink, vomit, and fornicate ..."

I have long searched for a better description of what higher education has become in the mainstream of academia today, but found none. R. R. Reno, in a 2007 review revisiting Allan Bloom's Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students,writes:
"Higher education has become, argued Bloom, the professional training of clever and sybaritic animals, who drink, vomit, and fornicate in the dorms by night while they posture critically and ironically by day."