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Volume 26 – Issue 1 – December 2017 – MORALITY, IDEOLOGY, AND CULTURE

The end for which an action is undertaken cannot be divorced from the action itself. The Ancient Greeks knew this fact about the ends, or tele, of their actions, and, as a result, philosophy was an instrument for pursuit of the good life. At Light & Truth, we too embrace Grecian philosophical wisdom as a guide to human flourishing and hope to provide our readers a taste of what this holistic approach to the world can provide.

Far too often, modern pedagogy fails to consider the final cause and its impacts upon the curriculum. Bereft of the guiding hand of telos, authorities deliver an “education” that rings hollow, teaching “practical” skills but failing to educate in the true “liberal arts.” Numerical achievement benchmarks are attuned to the lowest common denominator. A
culture of participation awards distracts students from achieving their best; and the traditional emphasis on cultivating moral excellence has been mostly, if not entirely, lost. A human being is not reducible to a string or table of numbers; societal progress is not measured simply upon the marginal divide between proficient and advanced levels, but more evidently by the content of its constituents’ characters.

In spite of the current state of affairs, Light & Truth remains committed to liberal education—an education in which ideas both have consequences and are freely shared. L&T upholds the Socratic elenchus by offering a range of perspectives united in the conviction to seek eternal principles, undimmed by the specters of our age, namely moral relativism and the resultant decay and irreverence. The articles contained in the pages of Light & Truth will challenge assumptions and elicit strong responses—whether positive or negative. Only under such conditions can genuine intellectual discourse thrive.

In this issue, Mr. Sibarium incisively expounds the growing problem of corporatizing intrusiveness in the university and Ms. Halikias investigates the connection between national identity and the motivations for travel through the lens of her recent sojourn in Eastern Europe. Other featured works include Sine Nomine’s defense of disgust as a moral motivator, Mr. McCoy’s commentary on stand-up comedians and the decline of
comedy as an art form, and Mr. Strench’s critique of pure ideology. From all of us at Light & Truth, we hope you enjoy what this edition has to offer.

—Lauren A. E. Lee, The Editor