Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Courage to match his convictions

Homeschool grad, Noah Riner's, convocation speech to incoming freshman created quite a stir. at Dartmouth recently. Here's part of what he said...
You've been told that you are a special class. A quick look at the statistics confirms that claim: quite simply, you are the smartest and most diverse group of freshmen to set foot on the Dartmouth campus. You have more potential than all of the other classes. You really are special.But it isn't enough to be special. It isn't enough to be talented, to be beautiful, to be smart. Generations of amazing students have come before you, and have sat in your seats. Some have been good, some have been bad. All have been special.
So far so good. He then tells a few stories of some folks who have graduated from Dartmouth and on to the looters in Louisiana. Then he moves to this
Character has a lot to do with sacrifice, laying our personal interests down for something bigger. The best example of this is Jesus. In the Garden of Gethsemane, just hours before his crucifixion, Jesus prayed, "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." He knew the right thing to do. He knew the cost would be agonizing torture and death. He did it anyway. That's character.Jesus is a good example of character, but He's also much more than that. He is the solution to flawed people like corrupt Dartmouth alums, looters, and me.
That had people squirming in their seats for sure and talking for days. You can also read the full text of his speech here.

World Magazine has a story on him as well. Also, here's a video of the speech.

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