Monday, May 19, 2008

Words of Wisdom from Univ of OK president, David Boren

OK, since I've already gushed over Utne Reader this week, I won't do it again. But I will share with you another excerpt from the May/June 2008 issue. This time it's a quote from David Schimke's interview with former US senator and current University of Oklahoma president, David Boren:

David Schimke asked, "Do today's young people, especially those you encounter at the Univeristy of Oklahoma, still believe in an American Dream? Do they even think in those terms anymore?"

David Boren responds:
I think they do, but their dream stries me as much less materialistic. They want to live in a place where people respect each other without regard to their differences--racial, religious, or whatever it might be. They want to live in a safe place. They want to have enough to give their children good educations and opportunities, of course, but it's a more modest, economic dream than their parents' and grandparents' generations, which tended to measure success materialistically...Part of their American Dream involves a country that's more environmentally healthy, more pristine. And, maybe most importantly, they really want to recreate community.

Amen, brother!!! And it's a good thing, too, since it looks like we won't have much choice. (See previous post)

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