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Delights of University Life.
Following is an abstract of the open
ing address delivered by Chancellor
Andrews of Nebraska State University
before the students at Memorial hall,
Saturday morning, September 21:
Colleagues and Pupils: We are per
mitted today to begin tho work of
another academic year. Back again
from the lake-shore and mountain-side,
from home and home friends, re
freshed, invigorated, ardent, all of us
are in condition, I trust, to take up
with avidity and success the labors
which await us here.
It is no small part of the art of liv
ing to know how to discharge one's
duties with cheerfulness. What kills
is irksome work. If we can learn to
be joyful in all we do we shall flour
ish upon toil the most assiduous and
It is possible for a right-minded man
to view with complacency his lot in.
life whatever it may be, easier or
harder, noble or common. If the busi
ness is honest and he can do it do it
apparently better than anything else
and more conveniently than his neigh
bors' can then he may say, "This is
my due contribution to the general
weal. What my hands can find to do,
how onerous soever, I will do with
my might." That not only can be, It
ought to be, one's sentiment, even if
one's place in the world's workshop
is in itself unpleasant.
But there are paths where obligation
and delight walk hand in hand; tasks
intrinsically charming; callings in
which, if they are rightly apprehended,
interest prompts to best exertion at
the same time with duty. The pursuit
of education at universities seems to
me to be one of these.
A chief reason why it is so is the
fascination of that mental mastery
which it is our duty and privilege here
to achieve. Metaphysicians say that
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tho most fundamental attribute of ul
timate being is activity. Tho latest
thought fully justifies the old theolo
gians who called God "actus purus."
And man Js god-like in this; he joys to
be active; that is his property. Wo
err in conceiving of rest as in tho
strict sense of desirable goal. "In lifo,"
says Pascal, "we always think that we
are seeking repose, while in reality
what we incessantly seek is agitation."
Our meaning when wo sigh for quies
cence is frictionless and calm action
such as Aristotle denominates the
highest good, "a perfect activity in a
But no kind of bodily exertion is
worthy to be compared for the delight
it yields with mental exertion and
achievement. To think, to learn, to
perceive new relations among things,
to widen the spirit's horizon this, to
all persons capable of enjoying it, is a
fortune indeed. Every one of us, I be
lieve, shares the mind of Leasing, who
said: "Did tho Almighty, holding in
his right hand truth and in his left
search after truth, deign to tender me
the ono I might prefer, in all humility,
but without hesitation. I should re
quest search after truth."
Well, search after truth is in this
place our express vocation.
Learning "for its own sake, in the
strict sense of this phrase, meaning
that we learn without any reference
whatever to any good either to our
selves or to others to be had thereby,
is a contradiction. If such a course
were conceivable or possible it would
still be irrational. But let us be con
vinced that we are vital members of
society; that our mental cultivation
will count in furtherance of human
progress, that our fellow-men are to
be made happier and better through
the training which we are giving and
receiving; we then see it to be reason
able and good to exert ourselves to
the utmost. Only under the stimulus
of such a view, I believe, can thought
ful persons permanently do their best.
While it cannot be said that the
school of learning is the sole nursery
of the sublime temper necessary to
splendor of civilization, it is certainly
a most important, even an indispens
Very much of this higher life of the
spirit connects itself with literature
and religion, and every observer of men
or reader of history knows that boVa
there are closely dependent on schools.
Very few literary celebrities are there
who are not children of the schools,
and these not children are, at least,
grandchildren. Religion has an affin
ity with organized learning not a whit
No tongue can tell the debt which the
practical, every-day science on which
the world now lives, owes to the great
masters and law givers of science in
tho departments of mathematics and
physics, and every one of them was
the offspring of some institution for
high learning. Nearest to an exceptioii
is Des Cartes, whose pupilage ended
early and who is distinguished among
thinkers for having wrought out, in a
soldier's hut and by a soldier's camp
fire, some of the most recondite truths
known to man.
Learning enriches the higher life of
humanity not out of its infellectiyil
funds alone. Ethical principle and
practice are stiffened by influences
from the same source. Instance the
love of right for right's sake, the idea
of simple truth irrespective of conse
quences, which has corae'into being al
most solely from the inculcation of
exact science. This is a result for
which those who love righteousness
should be grateful to the positive phil
osophy. In this respect the positiv
ists have, without thinking of it, be
come powerful ethical teachers. They
have insisted, as had never been done
before, upon the importance of laying
aside prejudice and interest, and get
ting at simple, unalloyed fact. There
has thus been called into existence a
new, distinct and most beautiful form
of the love for truth. This noble phase
of virtue is emphasized and nourished
today In every scientific laboratory and
class room throughout tho world. It
has come to possess oven theology, and
will yet revolutionize that science. It
has gono over into the study of tho
past, and founded tho science of his
torical investigation. Many false, but
time-honored judgments touching tho
men and things of former times are
changing" in consequence of tho truer
historical apprehension engendered
from this cause. It rosults that na
tional and ecclesiastical animosities are
becoming less intense, opening the way
for larger peace and goo'd will among
There Is an idea as prevalent as it
Is baseless and mischievous, that tho
doctrine of evolution, in particular, so
far as it is accepted, renders all theis
tic or properly religious belief unnec
essary and stupid. Tbo logical neces
sity of thelstlc belief Darwinism does
not so much as touch. One may admit
all that Darwin himself ever asserted
and yet remain as orthodox as Athan
asius. Radical skepticism, which was the
bane of Greek philosophy, can never
The skeptic's mind, like a weak
stomach, could keep nothing down.
Pyrrho would not admit that anything
is true or certain. "Say not," he bade,
"this is so," but only "this seems to mo
to bo so," "It is possible," "It may be,"
and the like. Tho new academy
keener sighted than Pyrrho, seeing
that this very suspension of judgment
was a sort of affirmation, laid it down
that a man can know nothing save
that ho knows nothing, and tnat this
Is not proper knowledge but feeling.
The utter impossibility of knowledge
and the fatuity of all pretense thereto
these were the invariable tenets of
skepticism as it flourished of old.
Well, science has made these tenets
impossible now. Thinker.; of all stripes
read of them today with a smile.
If asked why I love academic life
and work, I reply: Because, in it, we
have the privilege of delightfully ex
ercising our minds in the pursuit of
trutn, a joy uouoiy ncn in tnat the
work can be carried on by many of us
in common; that our activity is useful
as well as agreeable, not only aid
ing the race to live, but refining civili
zation, widening the skirts of light and
forwarding all the high interests of
humankind, being vital to the advance
of the material and of the social sci
ences alike; and, lastly, that it is a
pronounced and positive force in a
strictly moral and religious way, es
tablishing, not weakening, rectitude in
conduct, promoting and not withstand
ing faith in a spiritual world and in
the ultlmacy of mind.
Students, one and all, resolve, I be
speech you, to do your best this year.
Most of you, I am glad to bear witness,
are duly diligent already, but not quite
all. Many are Industrious, but order
their efforts less wisely than were to
be wished. ' A few, alas, have wasted
rich opportunities, nay, have even set
up in their characters a positive dis
inclination, rapidly turning into in
ability, to do well. To 'such it must be
a bitter thought that departed days
cannot be called back and put to better
use. Oh, be stirred by tho reflection
that the future is yours, to be em
ployed profitably if you will!
Colleagues, let us, as teachers, chal
lenge one another this day to renewed
devotion and to more triumphant ef
ficiency. It Is a rare boon to have
ever to do with intellectual things;
and It is a colossal responsibility to be
charged with the mental and moral
making of new. generations. It is, in
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revered teachers now gone from us,
whose sometime presence here still
sanctifies this place.
Small Bits of Humor.
Chicago Times-Herald: "What's all
this trash?" demanded the old man, as
ho stumbled over a pile of stuff In the
hall. "Great heavens! It seems that
we've got two or three sets of harness
and enough other stuff here to go into
the ship chandlering business."
"There, pa," his wife replied, "don't
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