Dear Mount Community,
Over the past few weeks following the election, we, the editorial staff, have been disappointed by certain actions that have taken place both throughout the nation and in our own Mount community. In response, we would like to take the opportunity to remind all of our readers what this time of year is really about.
At the end of the day, we are so thankful. We recognize how lucky we are to be a part of the Mount community and we cherish the blessings that come with it. We are distraught that there have been circumstances of apathy and disrespect on Mary’s Mountain, but we know that as a community, we are better than this.
Moving forward, be thankful for your voice, and intend to use it. Recognize your privilege and be kind to everyone around you. Do not hesitate in the face of injustice, and be resilient in promoting equality. At the same time, stay respectful of authority and honor the dignity of those you disagree with.
As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Join us in resisting the negative national climate on our beloved mountain home. “We are the Mount,” as President Trainor so often reminds us. We may not be able to control certain actions across our nation, but we can provide an example of which to follow through strengthening our university’s spirit.
We implore you to be thankful for where you are, and who you are.
As a staff, we are thankful for the opportunities the Mount provides for us. From open forums for constructive dialogue, to clubs and organizations that help us build our character. We are given the chance every single day to engage in civil discourse and become the best versions of ourselves.
We are thankful for our professors who continuously push us to succeed. They are truly role models for each and every one of us by standing up for what is right, even in the face of adversity, and for encouraging us to think for ourselves.
We are thankful for the faith-enriched culture that is the foundation of the Mount’s mission. Even with a diverse student-body, of multiple religions and backgrounds, all are encouraged to explore their faiths without reproach.
We are thankful for our country and for the rights and privileges that come with living in the United States. We know that not many countries in the world listen to the people’s desires and follow through with them.
We are thankful for democracy and for the peaceful transition of power. Though citizens might not always agree with the elected candidates, we must recognize and respect the office and position that they hold both in our nation and in the world.
We are thankful for our families who encouraged us to attend the Mount and who remain supportive of that decision. They are our biggest fans at all times and deserve an infinite amount of praise.
Continue to be thankful, and continue to speak out about your gratitude. Just as we as a nation must now come together to ensure the promises of our Constitution, we as the Mount community must do the same to ensure that we continue to fulfill our mission.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that,” King said.
May God continue to bless our nation and our Holy Mountain this Thanksgiving. Stay safe during the holidays, knowing that you are in our prayers.
The Editorial Board