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What Happened To World-Class Universities From The Superpowers Of The 20th Century?

In the dying 20th century superpowers, universities lived of government funding and government guaranteed student loans. So the price of education kept increasing, and that has priced them out of the market place. Now if you want an education it is cheaper to leave the dying 20th century superpowers, except Germany, and go to the East. There you can learn the language of the future as well as get a degree.

Singapore did something to combat the rise of China and that is why they are where they are today. They have positioned themselves as a financial center and an educational center, but they are only a pimple on the very edge of Asia. Their rise is partly due to the fall of the 20th century superpowers of the USA, Europe and Japan. If these super powers were not drowning in debt then Singapore would not be as important in the world as it is today. It is very possible that Shanghai and Singapore will be the leading financial centers in the world very soon.

In the past it seems foreign universities flocked to set up in Singapore, but now I think the flocking is to China. They have to flock away from the dying 20th century superpowers to survive. And the only places to go are the far east, the near east, the middle east, the eastern bloc and a few out of the way places that no one wants to go to. Now Russia could be the next education center competing with China, or more likely they will be working together.

When you have to learn Mandarin and Russian to go to university then the balance of power is complete.

If America keeps finding oil and natural gas on their soil and Europe does the same we could wave goodbye to the Middle East as an up and coming education center, where I think education is free.

Free education could have been the start of the demise of education in the west. When the government pays, the price goes up.

In the dying 20th century superpowers, universities lived of government funding and government guaranteed student loans. So the price of education kept increasing, and that has priced them out of the market place. Now if you want an education it is cheaper to leave the dying 20th century superpowers, except Germany, and go to the East. There you can learn the language of the future as well as get a degree. And if you play it right you can get a scholarship from their government, or your government as is the case in NZ.

Then you can stay on and work in one of the 21st century superpowers.

Now the biggest change to hit mankind since the printing press or fire for that matter, is heading to a university near you. And when it gets there, change is the word. Will the universities of the 20th century upgrade or downsize, or go extinct to accommodate the new generation. The generation who have been brought up in front of a screen, in cyber space. The generation who can get what they want at the click of a mouse, or the touch of a screen. Are they going to go to a physical campus or a virtual campus? Are their internet friends who they have never met going to influence them to go to a virtual campus. Or will their classmates from school drag them off to a physical campus. Only time will tell.

MOOCs are an introduction to courses at a physical university, but they are also an introduction to the virtual university world of the future. And they introduce the MOOCers to what they can do in cyber space. How many MOOCers will now attempt an online university instead of going to a physical campus. The change MOOCs are inflicting on the future hasn’t got here yet, not surprising they have only been around for a couple of years. Give them time.

Now with the after affects of the 2020 pandemic still with us. Where lots of graduates still haven’t got jobs, maybe the mindset of get into university at any cost is no longer relevant. And cost is the factor and so is the major. So where can you get a world class education at a price you can afford. Try going to the East or cyberspace. It is still cheaper to go to the East now, but that might change as the internet generation comes of age. Also as universities have priced themselves out of the market place and the half-life of what you learn at university is getting shorter, why go to university. All you need is a diploma in a specific subject and you could get a job. Better still get the diploma while you are working. Not four years later and anything from $20,000 to over $100,000 in debt. And when companies accept MOOCs on a CV then education is free, anyway so far.

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In latest interview, Pope Francis reveals top 10 secrets to happiness


Interview No. 11: “One-On-One with the Pope” – Francis’ 10 Tips for a Happy Life | NOVUS ORDO WATCH


Bergoglio’s 11th Interview

“One-On-One with the Pope” —
Francis’ 10 Tips for a Happy Life include
“Live and Let Live” and “No Proselytism”

Now UPDATED with full English Translation of Francis’ 10 Steps to Happiness, below

It seems that “Pope” Francis is interested in letting each and every publication in the world have its own special interview with him, and this time (July 27, 2014), it’s for the Argentine Viva, a Sunday supplement to the Clarín newspaper.

At this point, details are still spotty, as almost nothing has yet been published online about the content of the 77-minute interview, which was recorded on video. Entitled “Mano a Mano con el Papa” — “One-On-One with the Pope” — it is an account of journalist Pablo Calvo’s conversation with the Argentine papal pretender.

A few days ago, Clarin had already released a brief teaser clip of the interview. Here it is again:

It is a really good thing that Calvo recorded the conversation on video; this way, no one will later be able to say, “Who knows if these words attributed to the Pope are even accurate?!” — as has been the fashion lately.

One substantial excerpt of the interview’s content has been released online so far, however: Francis has given “10 Suggestions for a Happy Life”, which we share below (in English translation — Spanish original posted here). Now, keep in mind, this is a Modernist speaking, so please proceed with caution — do not expect to find Catholic content here:

  1. Live and let live. “Here the Romans have a saying
    that we can follow like a thread: “Go ahead and let others go ahead
    too.” Live and let live, that is the first step towards peace and joy.”
  2. Giving oneself to others. “If one stays still, they run the risk of being selfish. And still water is the first to spoil.”
  3. Moving like a peaceful oasis. “In Don Segundo Sombra
    there is a beautiful image of someone who reflects on their own life.
    He says that as a youth he was a rocky stream that moved everything in
    its path; as an adult he was a river that moved ahead and that in old
    age he felt in motion, but slowly like a peaceful oasis [“remansado” in
    the original]. I would use the image of the poet and writer Ricardo
    Güiraldes, this last adjective “remansado.” The capacity to move with
    kindness and humility, the peaceful oasis of life. Old people have this
    wisdom, they are the memory of a nation. And a nation that does not look
    after its old people has no future.
  4. Playing with kids. “Consumerism has lead us to an
    anxiety about losing a healthy culture of leisure, reading, enjoying
    art. These days I rarely hear confessions, but in Buenos Aires I used to
    do that a lot and when a young mum came to me, I asked her: “How many
    children do you have? Do you play with them?” And it was a question she
    did not expect, but I said to her that playing with kids is key, it is a
    healthy culture. It is difficult, parents go to work early and at times
    return when the kids are already sleeping, it is difficult, but it has
    to be done.”
  5. Spending Sundays with the family. “The other day,
    in Campobasso, I went to a meeting between the worlds of academia and
    the world of labor, and both were demanding Sundays without work. Sunday
    is for the family.”
  6. Helping young people find employment. “We have to
    be creative with their age group. If there is a lack of opportunity,
    they will fall prey to drugs. And the suicide index among young people
    without employment is very high. The other day I read, but I don’t trust
    it because it is not scientific data, that there are 75 million
    unemployed young people below the age of 25.3 It is not
    enough to feed them: we have to make up one-year courses for them to
    learn plumbing, becoming an electrician or a builder. Bringing bread
    home is what gives you dignity.”
  7. Looking after nature. “We have to look after creation and we are not doing it. It is one of the greatest challenges we have.”
  8. Quickly forgetting about the negative. “The need
    to speak ill of another indicates low self-esteem, in other words: I
    feel so low that instead of rising, I lower the other. Quickly
    forgetting what is negative is healthy.”
  9. Respecting those who think differently. “We may
    trouble others by our testimony, so that we may both progress in our
    communication, but the worst that can happen is religious proselytism,
    which paralyzes: “I dialogue with you to convince [convert] you.” No! Each one
    dialogues from their own identity. The Church grows by attraction, not
    by proselytism.”
  10. Actively seeking peace. “We are living in times of
    many wars. In Africa, wars look like tribal wars, but they are
    something else. War destroys. And the call for peace has to be shouted.
    Peace at times gives the impression of stillness, but it is never
    stillness, it is always an active peace.”


Notice in particular that there is no mention of anything supernatural here; it’s all totally geared towards this earthly life, which must necessarily end, and which is not our eternal destiny, not the reason for our existence. True happiness in this life is
impossible. Would have been nice for him to mention. Then again, not being a Catholic, he wouldn’t understand. He does not speak about God at all, and of course Sundays are only for the “family.”

But our favorite in the above “10 Commandments of Happiness” is point no. 9, in which Bergoglio says: “pero lo peor que puede haber es el proselitismo religioso, que paraliza: ‘Yo dialogo contigo para convencerte’, no” — “but the worst that can happen is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: ‘I dialogue with you in order to convert you.’ No!”

This is definitely a familiar theme with Mr. Bergoglio, who said in January 2014 that “[t]o dialogue means to believe that the ‘other’ has something worthwhile to say, and to entertain his or her point of view and perspective. Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the claim that they alone are valid or absolute” (source).

Well then, welcome to Francis’ New Gospel, that of “live and let live”, where the worst thing you can do is try to convince the other that the Catholic Church alone has the absolute truth.

Tom Droleskey has provided an insightful commentary on this nonsense, here:


The July 27 Cover of CLARIN

There is more content of the interview in Spanish at this link. But you’ve probably already read enough.


UPDATE 29-JUL-2014: Some Novus Ordo coverage of the interview has now appeared:



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