With all respect to heaven, the scene of miracle is here, among us,” Marilynne Robinson wrote.
I’d like to piggyback on Robinson’s claim that this, the scene among us, deserves attention.
Oftentimes, the stories in Arts & Culture describe this scene and the beauty it creates. This could be an alumna recording albums in the bayou or making costumes in D.C. Sometimes the stories concern the artists, like Chagall or Scythian, that have graced our campus.
But more often than not, they are about fellow students, the ones who spend all semester working in the Art Village or who fill the Cap Bar with sweet banjo sounds. Even the less artistic of us cultivate the beauty of campus through the clothes we wear, the way live and even, as we are so fond of discussing, the relationships we foster.
It’s clear by whatever measuring stick you use — be it quantity of Cap Bar conversations or online clicks — that these stories, the ones about the University of Dallas’ people, are the ones worth telling, worth wondering about and discussing.
This attention to each other reminds us not to take for granted our unique community.
In the first “Harry Potter” book, J.K. Rowling writes, “there are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a 12-foot mountain troll is one of them.”
Thankfully, we haven’t yet knocked out any mountain trolls, but Dante and Homer seem to have the same effect: it’s hard to leave this place without liking a lot more people.
So, thank you to all those people. To those who allowed their stories to be shared and to those who wrote the stories. Thank you to the friends, teachers and readers who took the time to pick up a paper, even if to critique. Thank you to the fantastic co-editors and staff.
And, to those who remain here, cherish this community. Remember to give of yourself, to speak with charity and to see that “the scene of miracle” is often here among us.