December 2010 Letters to the Editor
VALUE OF JESUIT EDUCATION
I clipped Fr. James Miracky’s (dean of Loyola College) article and passed it on to my goddaughters and nephews. They are in the early stages of applying to schools.
This was one of the best summations as to why a Jesuit education still matters.
I started Boston College as an accounting major and graduated with a B.A. in English literature. I have worked in government, the nonprofit sector, higher education, and journalism.
My nephew asked me once if English was a good major. “Kid,” I said, “it’s the only major.”
A little hyperbolic on my part, but a solid expression of gratitude for all the Jesuits have contributed to my personal and professional life.
LEARNING TO THINK
I would like to thank Fr. Miracky for writing such a wonderful article extoling the virtues of a liberal arts education. I graduated from Loyola in 1990 with a degree in philosophy. I went on to obtain a degree in accounting several years later and I am currently a professional accountant.
As you can imagine, many of my business colleagues have questioned this choice and I simply laugh and respond, “It taught me to think. You need that for everything.”
I have found that it is very easy to know when someone has a liberal arts background. Generally, students of the liberal arts are far and away better problem solvers and better communicators. In addition, they also tend to have a broader world view and consider far-reaching consequences when making decisions.
I will continue to maintain that my liberal arts education has served me far better than anything else in my life.
Stacy A. Kraft, ’90
MAKING NO APOLOGY
I would like to comment on the president’s message in the August 2010 issue. We as Christians and Americans do have an inherent responsibility bestowed on us by our creator to strive in every aspect of education and the sciences to better our world and by the grace of God leave it a better place than whence we came.
But when Fr. Brian Linnane, S.J., makes the statement, “we live on a planet torn and scarred by environmental degradation and it’s the poor who suffer most from this desecration of God’s creation and it’s the wealthy [code for the United States of America] who contribute the most damage,” I find that comment audacious and a bit reckless.
We as a nation and a people have contributed more toward the upward surge of societal evolution than any nation in the history of the world! We are the breadbasket to the world, especially the poor. We export and share our bounty and technologies not at the expense of the poor but for the good and enrichment of all peoples. And they embrace it!
Fr. Linnane’s comment that “hunger, poverty, disease, the radically inequitable distribution of the world’s resources…demand a deepened commitment to social justice” makes me “wonder” once again if you are pointing a finger at the USA. Are we this scorn of the planet that will never be eradicated? Are we the bad people radically inequitably distributing the world’s resources? I hope not. I’ve always believed our wealth is our greatest asset we share with the world and our unbridled compassion to all nations our greatest quality. Only good leadership can foster social justice in foreign lands, with our support. We must set a good example—and we do!
Yes, we are a rich, resourceful nation and people. We should make no apology. As long as we are good compassionate stewards to our fellow man and God’s creation we will have social justice and so will the world.
Richard L. Fisk, ’87
Rockville Centre, N.Y.