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To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

January 3, 2010

So 2009 has ended, and we begin a new decade with 2010.

How quickly time passes.

It seems like just yesterday that the new decade (and millenium) began.

Think of all the things that have happened in your personal life and in the world since this decade started….

Remember all the hysteria about the Y2k computer bug that initiated the decade?

How about the controversy over hanging chads?

Or Bush v. Gore?

The tragedy of the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004?

And Hurricane Katrina in 2005?

The fear of SARS?

And later the Bird and Swine Flus?

Recall George Bush’s famous threat to the world, “You’re either with us or against us”?

And the invasion of Afghanistan?

Or Shock and Awe?

And the invasion of Iraq?

More recently, we have Barack Obama’s promises of Hope and Change?

And of course, we must remember the one event that in many ways defines this decade, September 11th?

All these things and more  have occurred in the past ten years.

What will the next decade bring?

These events evoke that old admonishment to seize the day, to make the most of one’s fleeting time on this earth. 

As captured by the following scene from the movie Dead Poet’s Society, the message of Robert Herrick’s famous 17th-century poem “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” still speaks to us today.

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