The Neverending Story . . .

My eldest son, Michael graduated with honors from Duke University in 2008, and played for the Duke Men’s Lacrosse Team for the 2005 through 2008 seasons, which was not without trials and tribulations.

In 2006, three of his teammates were indicted on rape charges, their season was abruptly cancelled, their coach was fired, they endured frequent death threats, and eliminating the men’s lacrosse program altogether was seriously contemplated.  This travesty made national news and these fine young men were vilified in the media, as sordid details and disturbing events unfolded.

Notwithstanding, two latin aphorisms proved true in the end:

  1. Magna Est Veritas Et Praevalebit” (“The Truth is Mighty and Shall Prevail”)
  2. Succisa Virescit” (“What is Cut Down, Grows Back Stronger”)
There was not a stitch of truth to the concocted allegations, and for the most part justice was served in the unprecedented dismissal of all charges and unequivocal public exoneration of wrongdoing proclaimed by the state attorney general, Roy Cooper. 

The above video is a long overdue celebration of remarkable achievement in the face of, and in the aftermath of overwhelming adversity, and recognizes Michael’s admirable quest for self-actualization, as well as his exemplification of key attributes in his quest.  These include:

  • Acting with integrity
  • Engaging the support of others
  • Getting inspired
  • Living in the moment
  • Never giving up
  • Protecting your reputation
  • Staying focused
  • Team building and
  • Thinking big
The montage is set to the song “Neverending Story” by Erasure, whose lyrics are especially apropos, and reproduced below:

Turn around, look at what you see,
In her face, the mirror of your dreams
Make believe I’m everywhere, hidden in the lines
Written on the pages is the answer to a neverending story

Reach the stars, fly a fantasy
Dream a dream, and what you see will be
Lives that keep their secrets, will unfold behind the clouds
And there upon the rainbow is the answer to a neverending story. . . story

Show no fear, for she may fade away
In your hand, the birth of the new day
Lives that keep their secrets will unfold behind the clouds
And there upon the rainbow is the answer to a neverending story

Neverending story
Neverending story
Neverending story

Despite what could have been a debilitating setback, Michael’s experience at Duke was a never-ending story of success . . . and yes, I am very proud of him, and love him more than you could ever know.

About Spencer C. Young

Supports the Quest for Self-Actualization
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