Thursday, April 03, 2008

The End of History Upon Us

I’m still smiling at this quote from yesterday’s Boston Globe:

"Among Millennial students, whether it's race, gender, or nationality, the borders are coming down," said James Baumann of the Association of College and University Housing Officers. "The lines just aren't there anymore."

Paging Mr. Frost:


IT IS ALMOST THE YEAR
TWO THOUSAND

To start the world of old
We had one age of gold
Not labored out of mines,
And some say there are signs
The second such has come,
The true Millennium,
The final golden glow
To end it. And if so
(And science ought to know)
We well may raise our heads
From weeding garden beds
And annotating books
To watch this end de luxe.

-- Robert Frost

2 comments:

Larry Davidson said...

I suspect that you are misunderstanding the phrase "millennial students." The Frost poem suggests that you believe it refers to the year 2000 and you are making fun of the Globe because it's 2008. But if you look up the word "millennium" in the AHD, for example, you find the definition "A hoped-for period of joy, serenity, prosperity, and justice." (The first two definitions refer to a span of 1000 years, and only the fourth one finally says "A thousandth anniversary," which is the closest to the year 2000 meaning.)

Harry said...

Larry,

I suspect not.

"A hoped-for period of joy, serenity, prosperity, and justice"

...such as one perhaps where whether it's race, gender, or nationality, the borders are coming down...The lines just aren't there anymore"?

: - )