“The worst year ever.” “The apocalypse.” “How is it still not over?”
For many, 2016 gushed gloom and doom. Especially in Berkeley, the expected ramifications of an unexpected Donald Trump presidency hit the community hard. UC Berkeley itself did not emerge unscathed from a grim limelight. Administrator after administrator announced resignations — including the chancellor himself — amid a slew of sexual harassment scandals.
But in the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald, “we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” With 2017 on the horizon, we will soon propel ourselves into an obscure future, full of potential for transformation at once personal and universal.
And the best way to look forward, after all, is to look back, perpetually learning from the past.
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