2008: A class imbued with hope

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By The Staff

Maybe Thursday’s snow in what is usually dry, windy May set up the little miracle of synchronicity that reflects the Class of 2008: life opens to surprises. A class that was formed by the Cerro Grande Fire, 9-11 and the last seven years in wars whose investment in blood and treasure could bankrupt their future – this class marched through graduation into adulthood with the fire of hope.

Theirs doesn’t seem to be a cheerful Reagan don’t-worry-be-happy optimism, nor the Clintonesque confidence in dot-com instant fortunes. What I heard from the speakers at graduation and from the graduates as the proceeded up the ramp toward their diplomas, was that their hope is in the reality of creating a better world though their own service and self-sacrifice.

Where did it come from? Who are their models?

The U.S. administration, whose response to 9-11 wasn’t to join the world community in seeking solutions to problems that foment terrorism, but rather to “buy and fly,” and wage war to eradicate what it believes to be only a finite number of terrorists?

Congress with their inability to make decisions for the common good rather than for corporations?

Entertainers and sports figures who become celebrities through bad behavior, then exploit that status selling products with their names attached?

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