This Issue: Spirit of Community

Posted by cservaes on March 12, 2012 in "The College", "The Ottawa Spirit" “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A life of significance is not lived unto itself – but unto God, unto family, unto neighbors, friends, and even enemies. In essence, it is lived for the betterment of community, both near and far, and for self only as part of that community. You have something to offer community that others do not. They, on the other hand, may meet the need of another, or have need of another. While one provides service, another offers goods, a skill, information, beauty, inspiration, hope. And for those in our society that tear down, others come behind to lift up and to heal. Preparing students for lives of significance does not imply that our students are not significant already, or that they are not contributing. In fact, as you read the stories in this issue, you will see quite the opposite. But preparing students to contribute knowledgably in multiple and broader arenas, as part of a balanced life, in all stages of life, and as part of the greater community – these are worthy of our educational endeavors.