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LLDuncan
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This has been such a wonderful unit– one of my favorites to close out the school year. It’s both inspiring and challenging, and the lessons are timeless.

In the book, Morrie often quotes Auden’s line from his poem “September 1, 1939”: “We must love each other or die.” I think the ending stanza of the poem is worth noting as well, as we end the study.

Defenceless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.

I hope that we can take these lessons to heart and be “points of light” and “affirming flames” to lift others up on our campus and in our communities. Let’s work together to create the kind of world we want to be part of!

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