In the wake of my recent post about my sense of professional isolation, I received this e-mail from a friend:
I’ve been thinking a lot about your confessional post from last week. While I was doing some yard work Simon Bolívar’s famous despairing line, uttered in the last weeks of his life, came to mind: “All who have served the Revolution have plowed the sea.” While the scale is of course very different, I think many of the human/social elements Bolívar was thinking of are the same. You and so many of us went into [Christian college education] with an honest hope that we could be agents of change. It’s a fatiguing and often isolating pathway. And it’s not a moment in history that seems to be conducive to much reform at all, let alone revolution. Yet what choice do we have but to try?