Congratulations to my brother Logan and to all of his buddies who graduated this week. I am very proud of you all and excited to see what is in store for y'all in college and beyond. I'm especially excited that Logan will be joining me at Cal Poly next year!
Among my brother's buddies that graduated this week was our very good friend Akash Salam. Akash immigrated to the United States ten years ago with his family and came here knowing no english (and his story has a lot more to it than that, but for brevity...). This week he graduated as the Salutatorian of his class of 500+ students and will be attending Yale in the Fall. His story is amazing, and his graduation speech was phenomenal. It is an honor to know you Akash and to be able to call you a friend. You must watch his speech:
Some thoughts about living a compassionate life (see video!). Thanks Aaron for sharing this...
A couple excerpts:
There have been a handful of classes I've taken at Cal Poly where I and my values / perspectives / beliefs were in the minority, but those classes have been some of my favorites. I have loved those classes and the discussions we had because they provided me the opportunity to learn about what others think, and why they believe what they believe, and the classes helped me reinforce and better understand what I think and believe and why.
I guess you can say this is what college is supposed to be all about! (though for many I don't think this really happens).
Being funneled into only hearing and learning about your own beliefs I've found is nice at times, and safe, but often doesn't help much with growth--no matter what your political persuasion may be. A couple weeks ago I wrote about how it seems that substantial conversations are a dying skill, and how there are few individuals I can have intelligent and thought provoking conversations about current controversial or non-controversial topics or issues with.
I recently came across an fantastic article that added an interesting perspective to this topic. (LINKS BELOW...CONTINUE READING)
When was the last time you had a substantial and deep or thought provoking conversation with someone? I know for me it doesn't happen all to often. I have a few friends--not many, but a solid few--that I know I can have a great ("educated") and interesting conversation with. I ALWAYS look forward to talking with them because of this. Things get beyond the "hi, how are you?" "good, and you?" lines that nobody seems to really pay attention to or really seems to care to receive an answer to, and instead delve into what is really going on in life, in the world, etc.
I don't know if people are caught up in being "politically correct," are afraid of offending others, don't really care about others, or just don't invest time in reading and learning, etc. Or maybe it is the technological revolution our society has been undergoing that encourages 'sound-bite' instant communication where everything can be preplanned, carefully worded, and (as I like to say) "people are connected afar but disconnected up close." (I think maybe this last point may be partially true, but technology can't be the scapegoat).
I guess I'm a little behind in current events as this speech was given at the National Prayer Breakfast almost a month ago now, but this phenomenal presentation and message from Dr. Benjamin Carson is timeless. This is a wake-up call and a perspective that our nation and our nation's leaders desperately need to hear. You should check out an article on his presentation here, and take some time to watch the embedded video below--you won't regret it.
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