What we talk about when we talk about legacy

711Here is what we know: we are born, and we die.

What happens in the middle is our work. To carve out our time and figure out why we want to keep waking up in the morning.  To ask the questions that have no answers, as poet Wendell Berry invites. Thrive, fail, flail, move, procreate, choose not to, go on walks, love people. Let people love you. Make mistakes — repeatedly. Make meals. Find vocations. Play basketball. Forgive yourself, etc. We make our decisions and adjust accordingly.

In Greek mythology, the gods are said to have envied the mortals. It was in its finitude that everything had the potential for meaning.

12193810_10205168560440279_2810799668021644123_nAnd this weekend at Dartmouth, the Public Voices faculty fellows ruminated on “Legacy” — what does it mean for their research, their teaching, their ideas and scholarship. Five, ten, fifty and five hundred years from now, what will they have contributed that endured? They’re my favorite questions, and also why I work for The OpEd Project. This photo is my answer to our “why do I do what I do?” prompt, which we ask every set of fellows.

Go ahead, ask yourself too.

–Court Baxter, Chief of Staff at The OpEd Project 

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