Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Path of Providence and the Ivy League

There's always been something of a dichotomy between young radical and educated elites.

Because the Non-Denominational Church set up shop in the old state capitals, major headquarters in the Northeast are fairly clustered together, to the point there are ten routes from city to city that are less than a hundred miles from each other, both New England (and including Albany) and the Mid-Atlantic have clusters of District HQ's that can be traveled in a fairly convenient circle. In fact, Providence to Boston is a relatively short trip even by Medieval standards. This means an often traversed road the hospitality industry takes advantage of. The location of the old Foxboro Stadium is not the commercial complex it was in the old days, but Patriot's Place is still the location of a decent-sized inn.

But what's also notable is District Headquarters are not too far from the old Ivy League colleges. Havard and Brown are right across the river, Princeton is only a few hours by coach, and Dartmouth, while fairly isolated is on the way between Concord and Montpelier. Columbia is located in the strategic and prestigious New York City. Only Cornell, the forgotten Ivy League, is out of truly out of the way for those who wish to traverse the circle. These ancient Universities are scaled back, and have sort of returned to the roots of colleges as religious institutions. So we have the Path of Providence, a circuit traversed by young, ecclesiastical intellectuals.

In times of strife though, the Path is occupied by a more motely flock of believers. In the 1960's, the counterculture sort of embraced Jesus as the ultimate Hippie, and this tends to come back in style when society looks like it's going to collapse and clerical intellectuals runs head first into youthful rebellion.Thus, the Christian Scholar circuit is occupied by unkempt students who are austere, and even self-flagellate, but preach "free love", and campfire orgies even break out.

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