Address to the Graduating Class of 2020

Good Morning,

This afternoon was scheduled to be the graduation ceremony at my local high school here in Northeast Pennsylvania. As such, I found it fitting that I would release this statement on what would be graduation day. However, fate dictates that we cannot celebrate your accomplishments on these annual terms. I am proud in how our local community has railed to the class’ side during these trying times. They will now get an observance of some regard as our local race track has offered to host a drive-through ceremony of sorts. I must admit, I am rather jealous of this setup in comparison to the normal style on the football field, but I also acknowledge that many people would prefer that ordeal instead. Regardless, I do have some words of optimism to share with you all on your special day.

I have heard the outcry of the graduating class across the region, and how they will never get to enjoy the typical procedure of senior prom, class day, graduation, and several other cherished gatherings. I am truly empathetic towards those seniors who are afflicted in this way, but encourage you all to keep your heads up high. You all have very promising futures ahead of you, and I hope that this disappointment doesn’t deter that potential from rising out of you all. I believe that this is a situation which we must use as a sense of motivation, not despair. You can now state that you obtained your diploma while the world was pressed by a pandemic. In the future, this moment will define you, regardless of how much you wish otherwise. It defines your character, your motivation, your inspiration, your sense of commitment, and could very well define your path forward. I hope that this event invigorates you all to work harder than ever and shows you that you all can overcome every challenge, however significant, you are pressed with. And to those who hear a new calling as a result of this crisis, I am sure you are not alone. All of those who enter the medical field as a result of this pandemic will undoubtedly come in with a chip on their shoulder, and I hope that each one of you find a sense of closure and also a sense of pride in your choice. That sentiment is applied to all work forces concurrently. You all have a future, which only YOU can shape, so go on and begin to sculpt it into your desired path. In 1917 and 1979, senior classes around the nation were uprooted to uphold their civic duty if in fact drafted into war. They also did not experience the typical ceremonies of transition from high school to adult life. They were catapulted into foreign places, both physically and emotionally. I hope that the class of 2020 can learn from generations prior and formulate their own, unique sense of closure while they still have the chance.

Seniors, make the most of your last summer with your classmates which you have grown to call your friends over the past thirteen years of schooling. This may be your last few months to create iconic moments with one another, so do not hesitate to embark on that opportunity. Yes, this summer will be much different from in years past. And yet, we must adapt to our new normal, and live our lives as much as we can in a safe, proactive manner. Do not live in fear, because as FDR said once, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” We do not need to fear this virus and let it dictate the terms upon which we live our life. We can very well adjust and do anything by adhering to guidelines which help prevent our chances of contracting the virus. If we simply follow the guidelines, we have no reason to personally fear this virus. Additionally, do not fear your future. You are in complete control of how your life will turn out. What you do from this point forward is crucial to your success. If you do nothing, then you should not anticipate becoming a billionaire in the next ten years. You must take action in life to set yourself up to find results which you can be proud of. The only person who is relevant to you is you when it comes to your decision on your path forward. Do what makes you satisfied with yourself. If fiscal prospects is the only statistic that you consider when forming your path, that is fine so long as it fulfills your all of your desires. If helping your community is most important to you, then set yourself up to find a role in the community which suffices your personal drive. Just remember the point in this lesson: you are the only person who is relevant when determining what matter most to you when finding your future career.

I hope this address finds you well, as always. Note that you will always find support within the communities which fostered you throughout your childhood. They care about your future, yes, but they care most about your well-being. Never mince that lesson. You– as a person– is more remarkable than anything that can be interpreted in you as a prospect. This is probably not the valedictorian speech you had dreamed of hearing on your graduation day, but I am nonetheless delighted and honored to provide some remarks which you can carry with you. It is not the words which you fantasize about, but the setting in which those words are being delivered. And yet, I envision this address sticking with you, even if only for a moment, because it epitomizes what it means to enter unfiltered life. You are adults now, and it this situation fully conveys what struggles accompany that transition into a new livelihood. You will make mistakes, and you can overcome them. We are all human beings, and all human beings are prone to miscalculations which land them into trouble from time and again. It is what you take away from these missteps that will make you into a more productive member of society. This lesson could very well be the most important one to take away from this piece.

Best of luck in your future undertakings,

– C. Lewis

Address Reflecting Upon the 76th Anniversary of D-Day

Good Evening,

76 years ago today, June 6th, 1944, the Allied forces embarked upon Normandy Beach. This was a profound event in terms of correlating the direction of our world at that time. The Allied forces had suffered tremendous loss, be it the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, or the constant bombing of London throughout the war, we had suffered significant blows to our stature as the mightiest militaristic force. Yet, on this irreparable day, we make a profound strike which tilted the outcome of the conflict. The landing on Normandy had given Allied forces the ground game which they had been lacking throughout the duration of the war of humanity itself. This single landing provided us with a clear shot towards the Western front, renowned for its disastrous conditions. From this port, we successfully liberated the German-conquered French province and marched onward to topple Germany itself.

Although history rekindles the positive accolades which resulted of this battle, we cannot overlook the unmistakable tragedy which also accompanied it. Although 4,500-9,000 German soldiers were taken out by our forces, we had lost at least 10,000 of our own men in this interminable endeavor. Each of these men had fallen while serving our nations with unmistakable fortitude. Conditions were brutal: the front lines bombarded with barbed wire and stakes. And yet, these men courageously entered combat which would go on for an additional several weeks. Our nation, as well as our allies, owes a profound debt of gratitude for their service, a debt which cannot ever be equitably repaid. While many of these soldiers would go on to earn medals remarking upon their immeasurable commitment, that simply does not suffice when considering the picture at large.

Without success in our effort to capture Normandy, the outcome of World War II could very well be recorded different in the history books. As I reflected upon earlier, we lacked a ground game on the Western front, which was pivotal in toppling the Axis powers. Germany, Italy, and Japan had struck us and our allies with profound impacts, each reflected upon stringently in historical museums and monuments. Words cannot describe just how critical it was for us to succeed in this battle, and in this war concurrently.

World War II was envisioned by analysts and media pundits to be the “war to end all wars.” As it turns out, that was not the case. Unfortunately, war has proceeded to play a role in our reality up to present day. And yet, no war has yet to surpass the level of ferocity, of inhumane stipulations, or of lasting consequences had the opposition been successful in conquest. Had the Third Reich expanded their dominance throughout the Earth, we would have endured the continuation of the most catastrophic genocide known to man, the oppression of citizens by totalitarian government control, the authoritarian stylist style of rule– dominate the voice of resistance, and the perseverance of fascism.

We must always remember this day. It is the very least we can do to pay tribute to the fallen and those who went on to return home in the years following the war. War is an utterly brutal detriment of human existence, and yet we have preserved. We are still a nation, united as one whole union. We are proud to call the United States the land of the free and the home of the brave. And to that end, we are proud to have fostered the brave who have gone on to represent our nation in the most daunting of ways– on the battlefield in order to ensure that those illustrious principles are granted to the next generation.

– C. Lewis

Flattening the Curve

Good Evening,

In a moment of undeniable tragedy, I am formally making my first address to you all. I cannot proceed forward without sending my deepest condolences to all of the families out there who have lost someone to this pandemic. I, along with many others around this country, are sending our prayers to those who are struggling at this time. As you may be aware, I did issue a post last night, but I view that post as a organizational necessity rather than any matter of diligence. Tonight, we are continuing to progress forward into times of uncertainty, of certain grief being endured by countless families and communities throughout our world. This is not a typical, standardized message of how to can flatten the curve though. This is a mandate, an instruction I would hope that all follow, to make this situation less dubious than it requires. This message should help to increase the curve of social recognition towards others who are struggling. And with that, I’d like to share my observations with you all.

Trips, beach parties, and late-night antics at the local bars. These are the events that are trending across social platforms. Rather than adhering to proper CDC-issued guidelines, the youth of America finds this sudden break from normalcy as an opportunity to celebrate and go on vacation. I was initially shocked to see the sheer number of millennials and ‘zoomers’ who felt that this virus was nothing to mind and should continue to life live at its fullest. I am typically in line with such a sentiment of enjoying life, but I am utterly dumbfounded by their lack of responsibility & intellect to make rational decisions in these truly unparalleled times. It is always wise to act with a proportional quantity of precaution when dealing with any situation. In this particular scenario, we must respond with a grave amount of precaution if we wish to flatten the curve in even a minimal manner.

I am not a scientist, a politician, or anyone of relevance when it comes to formulating the response to this crisis. However, I feel that I must make my opinion clear to those in power at this moment: focus on helping the majority of this country to the best of your ability, and then raise that sentiment exponentially. In times of crises, rational decision-making is often hard to conjure up, however, this is a very unique moment. You see, we are being attacked by an unseen enemy. As such, our response must too be cohesive, working together as a unit to overcome it. Now is not the time for decisiveness, for political games, for media name-smearing, and so on. Presently, we must act in every way possible to overcome this issue, and then rectify the aftermath upon destroying the virus itself.

Scientists must be the ‘point-men’ on this situation, not politicians. And with that being said, press conferences are a phenomenal concept when they seek to diffuse knowledge critical to the prevention of spreading COVID-19. I am beyond satisfied with the clear, intellectual briefings being made at the state level. Just look towards New York and Pennsylvania, and how phenomenal their leadership has done with laying out the information in a concise, pragmatic manner. I remain hopeful that such press conferences will take place at the national level in the immediate future. I am displeased, to say the least, with what the daily task force briefings are being made into now— a political kiss-up to the boss sitcom. This a time for disciplined, compassionate leadership, not for egotistical ploys which take focus off the goal: defeating the virus in its tracks.

Tonight, I am not making any political endorsements. However, I hope that each and every one of you at home take time to evaluate how each candidate is responding to this virus, and how it is/can be affecting your life. Hypotheticals are great to ponder, but irrelevant and quite idiotic to mull over at this point in time. The Trump administration will be in office until January 2021 regardless of how this virus plays out, much to the dismay of some. I encourage everyone to back the administration until the situation is rectified, the curve has been lowered, and we begin to turn our attention back to our typical livelihood. I understand that it may not be in agreement with your political philosophy, but in times of tragedy, our nation always finds a way to unite and overcome as one. We must find common ground to meet this matter with the same approach. Fracturing and in-fighting will accomplish nothing and cost countless numbers of lives. I assure you, political fallout from this ordeal is beyond a certainty, but that must be held off so we don’t risk the chances of putting our loved ones in danger a second longer than necessary.

Mr. President, I must also address this matter directed towards the other side. As such, I implore you and your fellow GOP leadership to reach across the isle and come to terms on legislation which benefits the most heavily impacted: the middle class. This is not the time for calling out the media, for declaring substantial matters a ‘hoax’, for decimating your doubters with demonic insults. This is the time to be a LEADER. You ran for president to be the leader of the free world, so I’d encourage you to follow suit in our darkest hour more than ever. A worthwhile attribute of a leader is a personal trait called empathy, as is sympathy. I would welcome you to hone in those tactics into your arsenal if only for this moment alone. Our leader must be able to look people in the eye and say “We can get through this”, or “I understand your pain”. These are phrases that many would like to hear in these times, not your symbolic, stolid tone which lacks any human connection. If you make these adjustments, and meet this moment with the dutiful amount of respect it deserves, history may look upon you in a more fond manner. As for your briefings, led the scientists talk, and stand in the background and support their advisements, don’t contradict them. My friends, we are definitely in uncharted waters. However, I remain optimistic about the future, about our potential to overcome this, and about our ability to unite as Americans when all is said and done. To be honest, patriotism can be exhibited in a multitude of ways, and is not a trademark of any one party. We must all carry a sense of pride as Americans when all is said and done, check upon one another, uplift one another, spread a sense of community amongst one another. I believe that should be common practice, but acknowledge that in this vastly changing world, that is sadly not reality. Yet, in times of universal struggle, that tendency always finds a way to sneak back into our beings and nudge us to make that effort. I hope to find a similar outcome in this instance.

As always, I hope that you all keep safe and well. I would also like to give a special recognition to those on the front lines of this battle: doctors, nurses, all medical personal and first responders. Additionally, all local stores and restaurants for continuing to ensure that the communities around the globe are cared for and given the resources necessary to survive. As Americans, we have a nack to conjure up pragmatic solutions to the significant obstacles that pop up in our journey. I ensure you, we will find one for this predicament as well.

Sincerely,

– C. Lewis

Active Engagement Debut

Good Evening,

Tonight, I am tasked with a simple, definitive goal: to welcome each and every one of you accordingly to this journey, which has been christened into being as “Active Engagement.” I will not drag on with the nonessential, obtrusive details as to who I am or what provoked my decision to give life to this expedition, but rather depict the fabric of the woven material that this page shall grow into.

“Active Engagement” as a stand-alone phrase may seem rather erroneous, such to the extent of becoming a ‘double-positive’ arrangement within an anagram. However, in the context of this blog, an outreach program of sorts in its own right, it is a two-step system. A two-step system may initially seem rather schematic, but it is unique in every connotation, and has a substantial impact towards developing a final product. In this particular context, the two-step system will be an overarching challenge which exploits the very character of each and every individual I am speaking to today. It is my goal to help this audience unify as a collective front against the moral deprivation which wreaks havoc upon our society today.

The first step of this journey involves taking ‘action.’ Action isn’t limited to any one particular definition, but rather the ability to use one’s initiative toward overcoming a goal. I believe that each and every reader has the ability to take action in their own definitive way. That is why, in part, I am creating this initiative. It is not a matter of why one will not take action, but a matter of how. And in that essence, I seek to provide you with a plethora of platforms to give your ability to act an opportunity to do just that— act.

‘Engagement,’ too, can take upon a multitude of meanings. In the connotation of my message to you, it is systemic and crucial to the success of this initiative. It is pivotal for each and every person to engage in newfound projects and opportunities in life, and this happens to fall into that pattern. In order to succeed in living up to this message, one must engage and express their intent. I believe that many readers have already grown engaged in new aspects of their life, which is why this step of the process may seem nonessential; however, I must be blunt: if one has no desire to engage and take initiative, there is only so much that they can achieve in terms of growth. I urge everyone to engage in the challenges facing them in life today.

If that wasn’t dragging on, I seemingly do not know what would classify as such. Unfortunately, for better or for worse, I have a tendency to follow that pattern in most compositions. I will be clear with my audience at this moment: this is a message of inspiration, not empowerment, of unity, not decisiveness, of continuity of progress, not of reactionary conservatism. I will avoid commentary of today’s politics in almost all instances on a partisan spectrum, but at times direct correlations must and will be established. Rest assured, this blog will remain nonpartisan on most fronts until further notice.

We are in an impeccable, profound moment as a community, as a nation, as a global stature, and we must seize this moment to continue the substantial progress we have made to this point. For the sake of formality, this will be classified as my first post. However, my first address will be issued tomorrow regarding a rather pressing matter at this moment in our existence.

Until then,

– C. Lewis