The 21st century has carried with it a philosophical powder keg. As engineering and science advances, there has been an increasingly strong impression on the younger generations that our existence isn’t as magical as we used to imagine. With every mystery solved there’s a sort of dread, wherein the world we thought was so big becomes smaller and smaller; amidst the development of new technology we feel increasingly more like commodities; in the shadow of industry we feel the grandness of purpose diminished into cog-like functions. If we don’t reignite a passion toward life, it’s only a matter of time before our culture collapses into the deep wells of nihilism. With so many adults struggling with these dark attitudes, we can only imagine how hard it must be for the youth. They deserve to know that the fight isn’t over.
The tragedy here is that everyone is told that the fight IS over. We’re fed desperation and fear at a future supposedly already set in stone—one of irreversible damage and inevitable doom. Our youth deserves better than that. They deserve to know that no matter what desolation there is, no matter what challenges we face in this age—nothing can take away their right to enjoy their lives. Despite our torments, we have been granted the good fortune to exist. It’s true that the price for life is high, but it always has been. It’s up to us to reassure our youth that their thoughts and actions are not in the hands of anyone but themselves. That they have the right to dream of a better world, and to become the people they need to be to make it happen.
The path to becoming a better person is always hard, and to change the world is even harder, but this is the struggle that forges true strength. Serve Your Spirit is here to light the way. We’d never tell students to expect things to be easy, or to think that belief is all it takes to succeed. Instead, we teach students to develop a system through which they can approach reality and take action.