Written by Joe Scotchie: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00
This month, Roslyn High School will hold its graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2012. Seniors will be congratulated on their achievements. They will also be receiving plenty of advice, mostly unsolicited. Here’s one more. Most students will be going off to college, new places with numerous amenities, including large libraries, with hundreds of thousands of volumes. Take advantage of those libraries and what they have to offer, namely the world of possibility. Students will also be in a dormitory, with a roommate. Try not to keep a television set in your dorm. Your studies should keep you busy enough. Think of what people can accomplish if they don’t waste their evenings watching television. Consider some famous Americans, who in the age of television, never owned a set: Sam Rayburn, the longest-serving Speaker of the House in American history; T.S. Eliot, the Nobel Prize-winning poet whose works have been translated into 39 languages; William Faulkner, the Nobel Prize-novelist whose works have been translated into 13 languages; plus Wendell Berry, the poet-novelist-essayist who is still going strong into his seventh decade. If you don’t watch television or at least not much of it at night, then 50 or 60 or 70 years from now, you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish in this world.