To all graduates. In memory of my brother. I am sorry I let you down, my pursuit in your honor. To my son, the future is yours to get and give and enjoy between the toil.
Four years is a lifetime for an 18 year old heading to college and triumph is a Bachelor degree in hand. The Indiana University chemistry graduation commencement speech was given by a professor who related The Goldilocks Theory of one means against another. The trial of studies and the triumph of studies, a paradoxical life lived. We get what we give. Between the two is gratitude.
““Can a truly absurd universe so convincingly mimic a meaningful one?”
–Paul Davies, astrophysicist
Live a temporary means of life and death, birth and burial; the golden middle. Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher, desired the difference between two extremes, one excess and the other deficiency. We need not depression or fire but the calm presence of others who direct us on this pilgrimage. In our quest for truth we learn to understand our perceptions are skewed by environment and inner thoughts. In truth lies beauty. In beauty lies hope. In hope lies peace.
“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.” —Aristotle
Between courage and bondage lies freedom. Wisdom to know the difference between pain and healing sprouts wings. Between pursuit and victory lies life. Now the graduate is set free to move from the cocoon to find self.
“Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods.”
Graduate, surround yourself not as an island who scours the land and sets sail to new beginnings. Lay roots in other hearts and share generously the fruit of your labor. We who are left alone are but food for greed.
I have wanted to write this since Saturday and finally found time to share. Always, J