“To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” — Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1809 – 1892
We have been humbled to see that Ralston College—as an independent forum for independent thinking and human flourishing—has become a call to people from all walks of life.
Ralston has come to stand for something that matters profoundly: for thinking freely and deeply, in conversation with others, about fundamental questions. It is a clarion call to be part of that urgent conversation, to nourish and defend the roots of human flourishing, and to begin the work of building anew. It is a call to hard work and high purpose, and to understanding and self-knowledge.
We are determined to help others take on the world with intelligence, courage, and optimism to counterbalance the surge of rage, cynicism, and pessimism so insidious today.
It is time to ask, “Do the educators and administrators most often populating universities today really want the best for me and for my life?” Questions are always welcome at Ralston College, where mentors take their role with the greatest seriousness and care. This is your invitation to be an intellectual pioneer, and go to places where others are afraid to go: to seek and discover truth itself.
A higher purpose
In a world that can be relentlessly grey, it is a surprise and joy to be shown that beauty and truth and goodness actually exist. To see this, in literature, philosophy, and the arts, is to discern that, though the world may be a troubled and troubling place, not everything is corrupted. Not everything is relative and merely a point of view, and not everything has a hidden agenda or bigotry.
Regressive authoritarians have alienated independent thinkers who yearn for truth, a stimulating community, and a worthy challenge. Ralston calls them home.
It takes courage to blaze an alternative path
Ralston College shows another way to those with the daring and desire to do the hard thinking our time demands.
“Ralston is an answer to, and an affirmation of what I have, even unknown, been seeking.”
CD, Follower of Ralston College
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Education and conversation free from censorship, cynicism, and corruption matter. Ralston College is a place for them to happen, for human flourishing and building anew.