Missing events worth reporting
My guess is that, at one time, such an event would have been covered by a local news reporter, but in the next day's Herald, no mention was made of this event — no report, nothing. To offer some idea of what he talked about this lecture, I will attempt a brief but hopelessly inadequate summary. In his remarks, Dr. West cogently and passionately discussed the realities of human existence in our own time, emphasizing the need for integrity, honesty, decency and virtue, particularly when confronted by deception and violence. He encouraged the audience to seek out an authentic education, one that would allow us to learn how to live a meaningful life. And he eloquently talked about how difficult it is to gain such an education in a society dominated solely by materialistic values and notions of success.
He particularly discussed how this kind of an education was important for all people — of all races, genders and classes — so that we can make use of this increased self-knowledge to help create a more just society. My sense is that his comments are much more useful than, say, Charles Krauthammer's hack punditry, regularly published in the virtually reporter-less Herald. But for the readers of your newspaper, it is as if they never occurred. And that is a shame.
Roger A. Berger