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wisdom from Vonnegut…

June 6, 2013

lisa hammershaimb

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”

–Kurt Vonnegut

 

I know that this quote has been widely circulated but the more I read and think about cohorts in this crazy venue called distance education, the more I see myself filtering my ideas on their value through this master idea of community, connection, and our constant longing as humans to find someone else (or a group of someones) who says, “me too”…who is no stranger to our own experiences. Maybe it’s romanticizing on my part of maybe it’s my own optimistic nature about the human experience. Or maybe it is indeed truth…

Will cohorts save the world? Probably not but…can members of a cohort be catalytic in saving one of their own during a dark moment in the battle? I think so, and as a new member of a cohort who anticipates more than a few very dark days ahead…I hope so.

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