The Vermont Cynic

A new school year’s resolution

We resolve to strengthen our communities by sacrificing some small portion of our time to an activity that betters our school, town, state or country and by generally being good, decent people.

We resolve to care about the larger picture. We will follow this election that carries the fate of our country, and perhaps the whole world, on its shoulders. We resolve to vote, but only after we have achieved a powerful command of the candidates. We will never shy away from a political debate out of politeness, because these discussions fuel our democracy.

We resolve to be more patriotic, but only for love of our communities. We will never blindly follow a leader, and we will understand that patriotism requires that we work to root out our nation’s problems.

We resolve to think about how our actions affect the whole world and to at least recognize the great fortune we have to be born, for the most part, into relative wealth. We will extend the definition of a good, decent person to account for behaviors that have an impact upon people that they will never see or know.

We resolve to learn every day, whether we are in class or not. We will make mistakes, but we will not work overly hard to avoid them. When we make them, we will learn from them and grow.

We resolve to value quality over wealth. We will not measure success solely in dollars and we will create and encourage the arts, as well as spontaneous acts of creativity in general.

We resolve not to love everybody, because such love is shallow, but to recognize and cherish a common thread of humanity that runs through us all. We will be honest and critical of our friends, but only so long as that criticism is designed to improve them. We will love somebody.

We resolve to celebrate our differences by not shying away from discussions of race, sexuality and religion. We will try to recognize that generally there are differences between cultures, races and religions that tend to belong to them and we will not fear discussing this for fear of political correctness.

We resolve to plan for the future, not just for ourselves, but for our children and the children of those we love. We will sacrifice now, so that those that will come after us may have even better lives and enjoy even better communities than we. We will work today to create a sustainable tomorrow.

We resolve to never again be this sappy and optimistic in a paper called “The Cynic.”

-The Cynic

A new school year’s resolution:

We resolve to strengthen our communities by sacrificing some small portion of our time to an activity that betters our school, town, state or country and by generally being good, decent people. We resolve to care about the larger picture. We will follow this election that carries the fate of our country, and perhaps the whole world, on its shoulders. We resolve to vote, but only after we have achieved a powerful command of the candidates. We will never shy away from a political debate out of politeness, because these discussions fuel our democracy. We resolve to be more patriotic, but only for love of our communities. We will never blindly follow a leader, and we will understand that patriotism requires that we work to root out our nation’s problems. We resolve to think about how our actions affect the whole world and to at least recognize the great fortune we have to be born, for the most part, into relative wealth. We will extend the definition of a good, decent person to account for behaviors that have an impact upon people that they will never see or know. We resolve to learn every day, whether we are in class or not. We will make mistakes, but we will not work overly hard to avoid them. When we make them, we will learn from them and grow. We resolve to value quality over wealth. We will not measure success solely in dollars and we will create and encourage the arts, as well as spontaneous acts of creativity in general. We resolve not to love everybody, because such love is shallow, but to recognize and cherish a common thread of humanity that runs through us all. We will be honest and critical of our friends, but only so long as that criticism is designed to improve them. We will love somebody. We resolve to celebrate our differences by not shying away from discussions of race, sexuality and religion. We will try to recognize that generally there are differences between cultures, races and religions that tend to belong to them and we will not fear discussing this for fear of political correctness. We resolve to plan for the future, not just for ourselves, but for our children and the children of those we love. We will sacrifice now, so that those that will come after us may have even better lives and enjoy even better communities than we. We will work today to create a sustainable tomorrow. We resolve to never again be this sappy and optimistic in a paper called “The Cynic.” -The Cynic

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A new school year’s resolution