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A u g u s t 1972

Induction o f S e n io rs into the
U n iv e rsity o f G e o rg ia A lum ni S o cie ty
Inducting gradu ates o f the U n iv e r sity o f G e o rg ia into the A lum ni
S o cie ty is a p lea sa n t duty fo r the P re s id e n t of the S o cie ty .

I con g ra tu la te

you and w e lc o m e you as m e m b e r s .
I con g ra tu la te you a ls o on b ein g the h e ir s of g en era tion s of
A m e r ic a n s who spent th e ir liv e s building f o r you a le g a c y n e v e r equaled
in h is to r y .

A lthough it is not re p re s e n te d by m on ey o r re a l p ro p e r ty , this

le g a c y has a value im p o s s ib le to com p u te.
The fr e e d o m s you en joy , guaranteed b y the N a tio n 's C onstitution;
the s u p e r io r ed ucation you have been given; the o p p ortu n ities to ea rn y ou r
liv in g in a m an n er that in te re s ts and ch a lle n g e s you; the g ood health r e fle c t e d
in you r g ood lo o k s and liv e ly in te lle c t - - th ese things and m any m o r e did
not d ev elop fo rtu ito u s ly in the natural c o u r s e o f ev en ts.

E a r lie r g en era tion s

p ra y ed , w ork e d , fought, and died fo r them .
The in flu e n ce o f the P uritan ethic on A m e r ic a n s o c ie ty fig u re s
g re a tly in the b e n e fits you w ill en joy.

T his p h ilo so p h y , b a se d on a stern

re lig io u s d og m a , e m p h a sized s e lf - r e l ia n c e , a co n fid e n c e to in n ovate, and
a b ove a ll a w illin g n e ss to w ork.
E a rly A m e r ic a n s took the c h u r c h 's a d m on ition a gain st sloth v e r y
s e r io u s ly ,a n d fe e lin g s of guilt a r is in g fr o m id le n e s s e n co u ra g e d in them
and th eir ch ild r e n a r e s t le s s a m b ition , a c h a r a c t e r is t ic that b e ca m e ty p ica lly
A m e r ic a n .




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T h is stron g id e n tifica tio n with w ork by w hich g en era tion s of
A m e r ic a n s a ch ie v e d a r e lig io u s sen se o f w e ll-b e in g and s e lf - r e s p e c t
a p p ea rs to be adding yet another cla u s e to y ou r le g a c y .

I r o n ic a lly , it

e m b o d ie s e x a ctly what the P u ritan s fe a re d ; that is , a g r e a te r am ount o f
le is u r e tim e fo r the population as a w h ole.
A s our s o c ie ty b e c o m e s a r ic h e r and te c h n o lo g ic a lly s tr o n g e r ,
it is m ovin g in the d ir e c tio n of a s h o r te r w ork w eek , a s h o r te r w o rk y e a r ,
and a s h o r te r w ork life , with c o r r e s p o n d in g ly m o r e le is u r e tim e.

Since

the turn of the ce n tu ry , the w ork in g day has b een re d u ce d by a th ird as
the p e r capita output in c r e a s e d .
P s y c h o lo g is t s , s o c io lo g is t s , and h is to ria n s w arn us that if s o c ie ty
is going to dem and le s s and le s s w o rk o f its m e m b e r s , then new v alu es
m ust-be esta b lish e d and m an m ust le a rn how to u se his le is u r e tim e
c o n s tr u c tiv e ly and c r e a t iv e ly .

A sk ille d and h igh ly com p eten t population

liv in g in a fflu e n ce without a sen se of u se fu ln e ss and w orth cou ld be highly
e x p lo s iv e .
L e is u r e , as we understand it, is the tim e a v a ila b le to the in dividu al
when he has fin ish e d earnin g his liv e lih o o d .

It is a tim e when he can c h o o s e

fr o m a c tiv itie s open to him at h om e o r in his s o c ie ty .
H is t o r ic a lly , tim e has a lw ays b een a v e r y s c a r c e r e s o u r c e .

In

fa ct, until re ce n t t im e s , when the autom ated m a ch in es g ra d u ally took o v e r
the m on oton ou s and tim e -co n s u m in g jo b s , le is u r e has been r e s e r v e d fo r a




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s e le c t few .

W e cannot lo o k to the past fo r p re ce d e n ts in w ays to co p e

with le is u r e .

The P u rita n s w e r e unable to e n v isio n a tim e when la rg e

g rou p s o f the p opulation co u ld be id le with no d ro p in the output o f g ood s
and s e r v ic e s .

T h ey le ft us no g u id elin es f o r this situation; h o w e v e r ,

they did lea v e us su perb ex a m p les of s e lf-m o tiv a tio n and s e lf-d is c ip lin e .
B ertra n d R u s s e ll said:

"N othing o f im p o rta n ce is e v e r a ch ie v e d

without d is c ip lin e , not d is c ip lin e im p o s e d by s o c ie ty o r au th ority, but
d is c ip lin e d e te rm in e d by individual need s and d e s ir e s , in oth er w o rd s
s e lf-d is c ip lin e . "
You w ill find y o u r g re a te st s a tisfa ctio n s through m otiva tin g y o u r ­
s e lf tow ard a ch ie v e m e n ts that w ill b en efit the g re a te s t n u m ber o f p eop le
and d iscip lin in g y o u r s e lf to continue w ork in g to that end.

R e st and re la x a tion

w ill be m o r e th orou gh ly en joy ed when a ltern a ted with p e rio d s of w ork and
a ch iev em en t.
Finding a w orth w h ile p r o je c t should be e a sy .

You can b e c o m e

a ctiv e in c iv ic a ffa ir s , in te re s t y o u r s e lf in lo c a l g ov ern m en t, w o rk fo r
en v iron m en ta l c o n t r o l, w ork tow ard the continuing a dva n cem en t of our
s c h o o ls and u n iv e r s it ie s , ju st to m en tion a few .
It fo llo w s , then, we u rg e y o u r in te re s t in the e ffo r t s of the A lu m n i
S o cie ty as it w o rk s with the a d m in istra tio n and fa cu lty tow a rd even m o r e
outstanding a ch ie v e m e n ts by the U n iv e rsity o f G e o rg ia .