Originally Posted: Friday, September 09, 2005, 5:46:35 PM
I had the honor of attending a lecture today by Dr. Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D. a philosopher and the Dean of the Honors College at Baylor University, where I attend school. Dr. Hibbs spoke on the subject of "Subversive Natural Law: MacIntyre, Aquinas, and African-American Thought."
During his talk, Hibbs proposed the idea that "modern slavery" is actually worse than "ancient slavery." (Ancient slavery refers to the slavery during such eras like that in Egypt, Rome, Greece, etc.)
Why would anyone suggest such an idea? As Hibbs explained, the slavery experienced in Egypt, Rome, Greece, and around the world was slavery of the body. Slaves inherently didn't own their own bodies, didn't own their own possessions, etc. However, in the United States during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the form of slavery was what Hibbs calls "modern slavery." More than a slave not owning his or her own body, the slavery of this era had the dangerous hold on one's mind. Such a hold is much greater and possesses worse implications.
What is the modern slavery in today's society? I believe it is intellectual slavery and I find it flourishing well in institutes of higher learning such as universities and colleges and even high schools.
Evolution is the prime example of modern intellectual slavery. When has a theory become so dogmatic that students are not permitted to question or challenge it? When has a theory been so important that students must be denied the freedom of thought while studying it?
Good science and good education would allow students to question the science and validity of evolution. Unfortuantely, many scientists and educators today find students too obtuse to think and believe that they must be fed out of a bottle, or at best, spoon-fed.
This grip on students' minds is not only an insult but it is the highest form of slavery: modern intellectual slavery. Just as the abolitionists campaigned for freedom in the 1800s and even the 1900s, we need to likewise push for academic freedom today.