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On the Eve of our Midterm Election

Helen L. Marlette, Head of School

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November 5, 2018

On the eve of our midterm elections and in the aftermath of too many alarming acts of violence, I write to encourage the entire SEM community to resist the temptation to lose hope or become indifferent.  Tomorrow, those of us old enough can vote. Our individual act of voting represents the chance to make a difference and have a voice. Our democracy ensures this voice, yet it is our daily actions that are the cornerstones of our community.

We committed the 2018-19 year to exploring character and to how we can build character into all facets of life at SEM. In our classrooms, athletic fields, and dorms, and through our studies, performances, morning meeting presentations, shared meals and informal conversations, we have the opportunity to build a foundation that values respect, integrity, understanding, and compassion.

Now is the time to renew our effort and consciously work to strengthen this foundation in order to help prevent the cracks of hate and mistrust from becoming crevices. We cannot become indifferent or lose hope. As Elie Wiesel said, “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” My hope lies in our commitment to character and in SEM‘s honor code and to our using both to build a community based upon our shared humanity.

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