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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 1, No. 1. March 9, 1938

As Shattered

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"They are not qualified. Their disqualification does not arise, from any intellectual disability, but from the fact that they are not intimately enough in touch with the various facts involved. We are so far away that it is very difficult for people to understand the values of facts outside the actual environment where the events take place. Things which are accepted by another nation as natural and obvious in their cultural setting may be looked upon by our own people as ridiculous. I am not questioning the intellectual capacity of the students—I am simply saying that the best intellects cannot with any great value discuss such matters unless they are in intimate touch with the social setting of the facts. I think that University students should be more concerned with the discussion of the great principles on which international relations depend rather than the day to day moves that are made on the world's chess-board. I think the attitude of mind or the University students should be open and free, not holding anything in the nature of hard and fast views, otherwise they tend to become what I call intellectually pot-bound'—that is if they circumscribe their thinking with a particular doctrine and try to cram all the roots of human life into it—I fear I am muddling my metaphor—those roots will not be free to grow.

See next week's "Salient" for further interviews.

"The University should be mainly occupied in developing the free and open spirit of inquiry. I know that the tendency is for a person with a limited knowledge or the world—in which category I include the University student—to think that human problems can be solved very much more easily than they really can be and therefore to plunge into some ready-made panacea for the ills that flesh is heir to.

"If a perfect system were set up in a particular country, the young people of the next generation would inevitably try to overthrow that system, in order to satisfy their innate craving for action and adventure. In each generation the life tendency can be seen expressing itself in a different form, and the politicians of a particular era must become sensitive to the form it takes during their regime."