Why does our university matter? Here, we ignite our inner fire for knowledge and seek, as free thinkers, “truth even unto its innermost parts.” We desire to exchange, question and argue among ourselves, search and find, contradict each other and move together. This free speech we enjoy within our community fuels every day. Would our enthusiasm not somehow vanish, if we stopped speaking our minds and exchanged fire for fear?
Authoritarian tendencies, which prohibit questioning, continue to dominate many parts of the world and even tempt a huge fraction of the populace in democracies. Questioning without the use of reason might well bury both reason and questioning.