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.
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”