"Our access to information gives us the impression we are wiser than we are. The fact that we can now all read about issues to a significant extent means we believe we understand them with, in reality, limited knowledge and even less context and background. This leads to a façade of wisdom—what little we know we consider to be enough, and consequently we do not spend time trying to understand the issues fully. Rather than embracing the learning process, wrestling with the ideas that confront us, we simply take for granted what others have said.
All this in turn leads to an increase in individualism. Our ability to find out things on our own means we no longer rely on the wiser, more educated members of our society for direction or seek to learn for ourselves. Our searching becomes instant and self-serving—a “what can I get out of this” attitude—and means when we are asked to give of ourselves, we are reluctant. It simply is not something we are used to doing any more.”
In honor of the (University of) Pennsylvania-Cornell (University) football game that used to take place on Thanksgiving Day during much of the Twentieth Century I am posting a two minute clip from the 1993 game. Happy Thanksgiving!
I’m currently watching the University of Pennsylvania football team try to make an eleventh hour comeback against Harvard on Soldier’s Field in Cambridge, Mass. This game, which usually has Ivy League Title implications, is being broadcast on NBC Sports. Having several players out with injuries, Penn has racked up some uncharacteristic losses in the past few games and is most certainly out of the title race. Princeton looks ready to take the cup from us this year… “Fight on, Pennsylvania!”
The University of Pennsylvania Quakers face the Yale University Bulldogs on the foot-ball field to-day. Kick-off is at one o’clock on Franklin Field. The Red & Blue seem ready to win another Ivy League title provided they can forget last year’s disastrous loss to the Elis.
The GOP has, of recent years, been taken over by a very unsavory element. The so-called Neo-Conservatives and Tea Partiers are not true conservatives, but simply radicals wearing conservative clothing. Here’s hoping that both groups are soon excised from the party. The link above is to an article in “The New York Times” by John G. Taft, of the well-known political family.
Here’s some music from one of the more famous Sons of Penn—Ted Weems.
Wilfred Theodore Weems was born in Pitcairn, Pennsylvania in 1901. He attended the Lincoln School of Pittsburgh (now closed), and then moved to Philadelphia to attend the University of Pennsylvania (Class of 1923). Here he studied Mechanical Engineering and was a member of the Penn Band. During his later years at Penn, he and his brother Arthur organized a small dance band. They went professional in 1923, toured for the MCA Corporation, and began recording for Victor Records. ”Somebody Stole My Gal” became the band’s first hit in early 1924. Weems went on to have a successful career that spanned over two decades, lasting well into the 1950s, and introducing many new singers to America including Perry Como. In 1963, Weems died of emphysema at the age of 61 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
For more information, please visit the wikipedia article: Ted Weems.