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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11, No. 7. June 23rd, 1948

Ivory Tower

Ivory Tower

Dear Sir.

It is surprising the number who come to the University with the sole idea of a job when they graduate. Their real aim should be to gain higher knowledge, to seek the truth and eventually to serve the community. As Fichte said: 'No one has the right to labour only for his own enjoyment, for it is only by the labour of society that he has been placed in a position to acquire that Culture.

Capitalist insecurity forces us to think of some job but without making the University an ivory tower, or a recluse of the idle rich, and realising that we still must think largely vocationally, we should not allow it to be our major incentive.

A mass of knowledge, too is useless, unless it has the driving force of a philosophy of life. It is significant therefore, that in the college, Christians and Communists are the most active. In a socialist society, when unemployment and its associated evils are eliminated, youth will have a clearer, outlook and aim in life. These words of Lenin reveal the socialist approach: 'Man's dearest possession is life, and since it is given to him to live but once, he must so live as to feel no torturing regrets for years without purpose: so live as not to be seared with the shame of a cowardly and trivial past; so live, that dying, he can say: "All my life and all my strength were given to the finest cause in the world—the liberation of mankind."

W. H. McLeod.