Give A Damn

I’m known for having my nose in a book on a near constant basis. Right now I’m reading one of my favorite novels, The Milagro Beanfield War. I love the book because it vividly describes the events in a small hispano enclave in Northern New Mexico. I am of hispano descent and the characters and places speak to this.

The Milagro Beanfield War describes a community takes place in a community that didn’t care about its survival. Yet as the modern world moved against it they came together to ensure it’s continued existence.

But what struck me from the text this week was not the community coming together or its cultural connection but a quote from Milagro’s oldest and most resilient resident, Amarante Cordova. “That’s the trouble with this younger generation. They don’t give a damn about anything important anymore.”

As our community begins filling with residents I realized this statement does not apply to us. Simply by making the effort to join Cortina and voluntarily undertake a year of change, struggle and personal growth is proof enough that our residents do give a damn.

Our expectations are high for the coming year. Through service, reflection, education and communal living we strive to give students the tools and knowledge to give a damn.

Not only that, but to change their world for the better and impact others, making them give a damn.

For Further Reading:
John Nichols, The Milagro Beanfield War

Note: I love music. I have no talent but appreciate the craft and its ability to help me write. Thus I’ll put a small disclaimer at the end of blogs noting what it was written to:

Feist “Us,” Iron & Wine, “Belated Promise Ring” & “Boy With A Coin,” Arcade Fire “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) Live at Madison Square Gardens”

–Nate

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