Universities are outposts of civilization, institutions that prize culture and celebrate human creativity. There is much in the modern world that is
brutish, and whenever a university stands, it is dedicated to enlightened education, civility, and respect for the free exchange of ideas. Suffusing the entire enterprise is a belief in pluralism and the
exploration of truth to its inner most parts.
It is with pleasure, therefore, that I endorse wholeheartedly this exhibition on non-violence. Every time a parent strikes a child, a husband beats a wife, a gang assaults
a passer-by, a policeman uses his nightstick, a nation attacks another, poison seeps into humanity. The amount of that poison can vary from a scarred, withdrawn child to genocide, but the volume of poison
unleashed does not dilute its destructive strength.
In an effort to celebrate non-violence, Long Island University must be part of a global effort to extend the highest values of civilization. I salute those who have
worked to prepare this exhibit and endorse its mission wholeheartedly.
Long Island University