It is often said that one's success in life is due not only to the opportunities provided, but to the helping hand given by others along the way. I have been blessed with loving parents who, as long as they were alive, never ceased being loving parents. I have also been blessed with loyal and trustworthy friends, some from my UMass days, who over the years have given unwavering support and encouragement. My richest "thank you" goes to these people and the rest of my family for their unselfish spirit.
I would close by saying that a college education is indeed a privilege. My advice to those choosing this pathway is to give far less attention to the name and size of the college than to the depth of character of its graduates and its reputation in the community. The important thing is that you receive the kind of education that motivates you to learn, teaches you to think about and deal with life's challenges in a reasonable way, and exposes you to the highest ideals of human thought and action. It bears repeating that knowledge and intellect can be used in a menacing way or as instruments to benefit mankind. Clearly, there is a need for moral guidance when it comes to exercising one's learning and authority in everyday life.
Sir Richard Livingston in his essay The Essentials of Education advocates that we raise our spirits to higher ideals on the shoulders of those who have walked on higher levels. He believes that grasping and living by something so advanced as the principles of Christianity offers the greatest hope for so raising us. To maintain spiritual vitality and proper perspective, the Apostle Paul advises that we approach life in the following way: “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8, NIV)
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