“Isn’t it obvious? Never in the history of the world has the planet been flooded with many so-called educated and enlightened individuals clutching their precious little degrees, yet what has this expansion of education and enlightenment brought us?”
Verge paused for a moment and waited for an answer to his question; when none was forthcoming, he continued, “Why, a perishing society, of course!”
He swirled his cognac again. A bemused expression spread across his face.
“The absolute triumph of mediocrity under the flag of humanism. They have drowned us all in an infinite sea of vulgarity during their relentless assault against Western civilization with their atheism, their reductionism, their positivism, their materialism – that, my dear friends, is the lasting testament of the citadels of darkness. Bless them in their effort to enlighten us!”
Note: I wrote that fictionalized assessment of higher education institutions over a decade ago. Since then the citadels have only grown darker. Makes one wonder where universities will be in a decade's time. Suffice to say, the prognosis looks grim.