Saturday, March 17, 2012

Doing Your Best to Build the World Anew

I came across this passage in John Bogle's Don't Count On It! and it resonated as I thought about our students, so I thought I'd share it here.
Bright futures lie before you. There's the world's work to be done, and there are never enough citizens with determined hearts, courageous character, intelligent minds, and idealistic souls to do it. Yes, our world already has quite enough guns, political platitudes, arrogance, disingenuousness, self-interest, snobbishness, superficiality, war and the certainty that God is on our side. But it never has enough conscience, nor enough tolerance, idealism, justice, compassion, wisdom, humility, self-sacrifice for the greater good, integrity, courtesy, poetry, laughter, and generosity of substance and spirit. It is these elements that I urge you to carry into your careers, and remember that the great game of life is not about money; it is about doing your best to build the world anew. (p. 534)


  1. Thought provoking reminder of authentic priorities.
    Thank you.

  2. Going on my classroom wall...with due credit. Love it. I am ready to start the year anew.

    Amy Zimmer