From the President’s Office

From the President’s Office

uprprofile200Hello and welcome to the University of Philosophical Research. I can safely say that there is not another school in existence like the one you have chosen as your own. We began in 1934 as the Philosophical Research Society, a creation of the brilliant and prolific Manly Palmer Hall, who traveled real and imaginary worlds in search of philosophia, or the love of wisdom. He returned with rare books he purchased and timeless books that he wrote, and he dedicated the Society to providing access to this wisdom for anyone who sought it. In 2001 Dr. Obadiah Harris continued Mr. Hall’s mission by establishing an “online wisdom school,” something unimaginable before then but entirely consistent with the original mission of the Society. Hall, Harris, and many others have worked to maintain and replenish this vision and for you to benefit from it.

Like Manly Hall, you will travel many roads on your journey through our curriculum. Explore and relish them all, take in what works, respect the other paths that do not work for you, and recognize that they do for others. Stretch your mind and open your heart to the possibilities that emerge from the courses you take. Accordingly, prepare to work hard, explore the new, and change along the way. The good news is that you are not alone. Many have gone before you, and we are here to support your experience. You are among a community of seekers, and as seekers, we share a common respect for all who undertake the journey.
Also, remember to ask for help if you need it. Our staff are devoted to your success and are seekers and sojourners themselves. We understand the unique challenges and rewards that come from seeking wisdom. And finally, have fun. Sure, this is serious work, but it is also serious play. We get to explore the meaning of life, and if that isn’t fun at times, we’re not doing it right. For you, as for all of us here at UPR, I give you Walt Whitman’s wonderful anthem from “Song of the Open Road”: “Be not discouraged, keep on, there are divine things well envelop’d, I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell.”

Greg

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