But in the past decades, a new culture has seeped into all areas of life, especially education, causing us to question meaning, morality, and truth itself. Western liberal values, the ones holding our nation together despite adversity, began to wane. Personal identity began to reign as supreme above all other political or religious considerations.
Uniting conversations ceased, as a lack of commonality between us meant that conversations became innately contentious, innately us versus them.Slowly but surely it became clear: freedom alone, without the guiding light or cause of truth, causes societies to slowly devolve into chaos, and personal relationships and meaning to erode. It must be freedom and truth, freedom and something outside of ourselves that leads peoples and nations to thrive.
This is why the University of Austin, unlike other universities, is committed not just to freedom, but to the fearless pursuit of truth.And this fearless pursuit of truth that the University of Austin speaks of is meant not to inhibit freedom, but to increase it, because without a pursuit of something outside of ourselves, no true freedom can be found, only freedom insofar as it does not offend the personal ideology of those around us.