If Shimer does nothing else, it opens up the world of possibilities. Having examined themselves and their world, past and present, no Shimer graduate can sell themselves out, can throw away their conscience, in return for a trip on that train to fame. Ultimately, Shimer teaches that we are all incredibly complex and interesting human beings. Fame requires the opposite. And that is why no Shimer graduates are famous.
At least, I think that’s the reason. Since I’m a Shimer graduate, I’ll probably keep thinking about it. The time I spend on this may keep me from becoming famous. But that’s fine with me.