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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

A College Address With a Real Message

Who says every commencement address at Eastern liberal arts colleges are leftist screeds? According to attendee Bill Suda, the speeches of civil rights Julian Bond and NYT journalist Thomas Friedman were quite good, devoid of Bush bashing and full of messages of personal responsibility and realism.

However, the speech by valedictorian Ivan S. Manolov was inspiring. Manolov grew up in Bulgaria. He told of receiving his red ribbon upon entering first grade-the initiation as a "young pioneer of communism". Fortunately, within months, the Communist regime was toppled.

He relates:

In school and on the street, there were now much fewer rules than there had been before. The educators weren't sure anymore what history they were supposed to feed us. The teaching of Russian abruptly ceased and we started learning Western languages and devouring books our parents couldn't read.

His parents were part of the "Lost Generation". They always knew they had no future and now they had no past. Poverty remained. But now there was hope for the next generation, something that had been missing for over 50 years.

Said Manolov:

They taught us how to dream but otherwise they gave us a blank check. They did not try to instill in us a false morality. We had in front of us a clean slate, a world that had been destroyed and was therefore somehow beautifully free. And our parents told us, "Build it anew. Do not become the slaves of other people's values. Your only allegiance is to your own dreams." Fascinated, we children scattered around the world and began to fill the white pages we had been handed.

With graduation addresses usually so platitudinous, the words "hope", "future" and "give back to the world" mouthed by old farts makes anyone, grads and parents all, want to simultaneously barf, get very drunk and barf some more. However, with words such as Manolov's, knowing from where he had come, the idea of a limitless future was real. And to hear the message to pursue your personal dream, to eschew the collective, to put your self-interest first, would make Ayn Rand, F. A. Hayek and some libertarian parents smile.

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