Times have changed.
For many, universities don’t hold the sobering gravity they once did. We enter as children. Joyful, as children. Naïve as children. Irreverent as children. And no one is instructing us in the transition to awareness. We are not aware that such transitions exist.
Yet La Trobe is offering something. It is quietly offered.
La Trobe is offering an opportunity to transit into awareness. We are exposed daily to great scientists – leaders in their fields. Men and women of great intellect and passion. Years pass and slowly arrives the dawning: we are here to learn how they see the world. To challenge ourselves into their world of intellect and passion.
Yes, times have changed.
The future is uncertain. Change is the norm.
We are children no longer. We challenge ourselves daily to understand the world we see. Discern rather than judge. The children we were are our foundations today. We do not regret our blindness in youth. Rather we celebrate the transition. The dawning.
Personally, I cannot regret the cyclic phases of cynicism, stoicism, masochism, beatnik pride and philanthropy. I cannot regret dancing wide-eyed through the night to take my place amongst the ancients, wondering at dawn’s beauty. I cannot regret the black-eyes and night time drive-bys to emergency wards for emergency relief from some such ailment or addiction. Unnameable then and certainly unnamed here. Because life is a string of experiences which grow if we pause to reflect on them.
Reflection is the alchemy between ourselves and our surrounds. Beauty is the alchemy between ourselves and our surrounds. Experience is the alchemy between ourselves and our surrounds.
Times have certainly changed.