Tom-

Just a quick thought.
My mistake. I remember now you mentioning that nearly all of your educators were nuns or monks. I only had the one nun educator, Sister Trinitas, and as I mentioned my encounter with her was prickly.
Like the nuns and monks, many liberal secular professors have not worked in the private sector, only academia. They teach. Both groups advocate for social equality through redistribution of wealth. And both support liberal policies and politicians when it comes to the needy.
But I wouldn’t lump the nun and monk professors in with the lefty professors at secular universities. The unyielding embrace of redistribution is the only characteristic they willingly share.
I would argue that they are on opposite sides of the liberal spectrum. That lifestyle differentiates the two groups of liberal educators entirely. The nuns and monks walk the walk. They experience living with less willingly, perhaps to set an example. They embed themselves in broken communities that many secular university professors wouldn’t even drive by.
Liberal academics have no vows of poverty. They are tenured professors that in my experience move in circles which so not include the impoverished. Their distain for capitalism is entirely unfounded because they themselves are benefitting from it. Education is expensive, and their demand for higher tenured salaries are (part) reason for higher tuition fees that in turn puts education out of reach for many. Perhaps if secular professors agreed to work for less, I could better tolerate their views on redistribution of wealth.
Remember Clinton’s "I feel your pain" quote? Clinton wasn’t a formal educator, but his comment embodies the liberal persuasion of secular professors. They make well above average salaries, yet they pretend to understand the condition of the poor, and in doing so patronize the underclass.
I get that they are disillusioned with the disparity in our country. I am too. But they aren’t out engaging in relief work either, which is why their liberal ideologies are less tolerable. As if their opinions were inherited from other academics, founded on words, not built from personal experiences with the poor.
I can stomach the liberal views of the nuns and monks, even respect them, because they live by example. They walk the walk.
Sorry, I tried to be brief. I enjoyed reading your post.

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