Ever hear the term Rhodes Scholar? I have but what does that mean and why is such prestige attached to it? A Rhodes Scholar is someone who went to certain colleges went under a certain scholarship, a scholarship founded by Cecil Rhodes. Here is their website. http://www.rhodesscholar.org/ You can use this scholarship to get into only one school. OXFORD. This comes directly from the FAQ part of the site. The Rhodes Scholarships were established after the death of Cecil Rhodes, who dreamed of improving the world through the diffusion of leaders motivated to serve their contemporaries, trained in the contemplative life of the mind, and broadened by their acquaintance with one another and by their exposure to cultures different from their own. Mr. Rhodes hoped that his plan of bringing able students from throughout the English-speaking world and beyond to study at Oxford University would aid in the promotion of international understanding and peace. Each year, 32 U. S. citizens are among more than 80 Rhodes Scholars worldwide who take up degree courses at Oxford University. Emphasis mine. This sounds very liberal to me but maybe as a Christian I am to conservative. “trained in the contemplative life of the mind” what does he mean contemplative life of the mind? He means thinkers critical thinkers. Why only Oxford? Mr. Rhodes’ Will contains four criteria by which prospective Rhodes Scholars are to be selected:
literary and scholastic attainments;
energy to use one’s talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports;
truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship;
moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.
Sounds like we are training leaders. The program itself is characterized by the Rhodes Experience. They have VIMEO blogspot to hear about the program http://scholarvideoblog.squarespace.com/
In the interview we find these are leaders in their fields and they are getting a “bigger picture” perspective. These people will eventually use their position to various means. Because they are Rhodes Scholars at Oxford they meet “interesting people” an to “focus on the present and find out about what makes (them) happy” Now they are a community within Oxford these scholars. They do travel they do have privileges and they do make connections. These people will I am certain be expected to return to their places and make a move on some front in a leading position which may well be liberal. It is an experience to be had … apparently you get in touch with you with others in the Rhodes Community and doors can open.
Over and over again I find the thought of the Rhodes Experience and the Rhodes Community. What I think I may be hearing is a very carefully and sophisticated form of brainwashing. If you really listen to these scholars they sound hollow of character. They sound liberal, they sound sincere and they really haven’t a clue whats next. In fact that was a complaint that they wanted guidance as to just what to do with their experience their UNIQUE experience to “give back”… why oh why do I suspect some level of Programming?
The Rhodes Scholarships. Leaders for the world’s future.
That sort of says it all. Did you know President Bill Clinton is a Rhodes Scholar? Do you remember his scandals? These are our leaders? Lord help us.