the sky is wicked huge.
“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” — Peter F. Drucker What Peter F. Drucker, a renowned writer and social ecologist, addresses is the embodiment of what our section is trying to project; the importance of reflection in a civically engaged person’s life. We as the writers aim to emphasize the value of reflection through our pieces. We have tackled the meaning of civic engagement to us as the youth of our time and although it varies from person to person, we can all agree that reflecting on our actions is an integral part of being civically engaged. We have come to the conclusion that reflecting on work creates more effective civic engagement. We would like to differentiate between what we feel is civic engagement and effective civic engagement. To us, being civically engaged can happen in multiple ways. Whether it be going out and volunteering, or simply doing your duty as a citizen. However, to be effectively civically engaged, the work cannot stop there. What we learn from those moments must carry over into our everyday lives, thought processes, and demeanor. We must take the time to stop, and think, about what we have done and what we are contributing to the world we live in. There has been a tendency among our generation to be lax and unconcerned when it comes to giving back or making a difference. Our generation has become what is known as the “me generation”. We implore you to strive to be the “us generation.” We are not asking for you to become an activist. We are not asking you to go out and change the world singlehandedly. But we as the writers are convinced that by reflecting on the work that we do, we can create a more effective, civically engaged community. We ask that you take a moment to think about your world and the little things you can do to make it better for not only yourself, but also the people around you. This section on reflection offers you as the audience a way to take more effective action based upon your reflection. Through our memoirs and examples of personal expression, we travel through our experiences while recognizing the world around us; and we hope that this is something that can affect you, as much as it does us.
Published on Apr 27, 2010