Try to be a Little Kinder: A Cum Laude and National Honor Society Induction Speech

Reposting this one as I am reminded daily of its relevance in our lives and our work.

Ross All Over the Map

[What follows is my talk from last night at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, GA.]


GOOD EVENING! And welcome to our families and our friends present this evening for the Cum Laude and National Honor Society Induction Ceremony.  And most importantly, welcome to our honorees—congratulations to each of you! The praise we offer you this evening is well-deserved. The challenges you have faced that led you here are real. And yet, this evening is more to help mark a beginning than an end.

I have been reflecting recently on two quotations from Aldous Huxley, 20th century thinker and novelist:

First, Huxley asserted, “It’s rather embarrassing to have given one’s entire life to pondering the human predicament and to find that in the end one has little more to say than, ‘Try to be a little kinder.’”

And second: Huxley implored, “Never give children a chance of imagining that anything…

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