The the other day, I was walking through the grass.
I came across these toys horses that had been left in a pile.
I thought about the innocence and beauty of children.
How nice it is to just sit in the green grass and play with your horsies.
Today, I was downtown and GWU has a big graduation going on.
This guy wrote on the bottom of his cap, "If youre reading this, I just graduated."
Of course, this is America, and so he left off the apostrophe (') in you're (you are).
Oh well--neither STEM nor spelling is apparently part of the education curriculum anymore.
But how quickly the kids grow up and before we know they're college graduates.
From childhood innocence and dependence to adulthood independence and its colorful assortment of sin.
All grown up and what we hope happens next...
...off to start a big career, continue with graduate studies, marriage and kids of their own...the sky is the limit.
We need smart and enthusiastic people coming of age with big ideas, teamwork, and precision execution to solve the ginormous problems we face.
Still huge debts, hunger and poverty, dreaded old to frighteningly new illnesses, a unsustainable use of our planet with tongue in cheek efforts to change, rising social inequity and racial tensions, and raging terrorism and WMD that is making a global and more deadly comeback.
I have no grads this year, but we sure as hell need every person coming off the assembly line to step up and make a difference.
Right now, the leadership in the world (commercial, spiritual, and government) is overwhelmingly deadwood (people lacking in caliber and integrity like Steve Jobs, the Lubavicher Rebbe, Nelson Mandela, and Ronald Reagan).
From failing products and falling profits, to "religious" sex abuse, demagogues overseas, and plenty of lying and corruption at home. We need and should expect more, demand more, perhaps in the young people there will be more--that is our hope and saving grace.
(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)