Watch this clip from Dead Poets Society.

Here’s the text from the poem Robin Williams recites:

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring, Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish. What good amid these, O me, O life? Answer: That you are here—that life exists and identity, That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

What do you think this means?

To me, it means we have the choice to make our world better. Not the whole world. Your world. The world around you. To get up each day—despite being tired or bored or scared—and contributing to your community. Making friends at school. Helping your parents or teacher. Giving someone a hug when they need it. It also means creating: ideas and stories. Inventing worlds and machines. Turning nothing into something. Making beauty instead of ugliness.

If you do these things, day after day—you’re writing your lines into the story of the world. Your help is appreciated. Your hug is remembered. Your story is read.

The play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

What will you contribute this year?

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