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A promising future beckons

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WHEN happenings in the world around you, the Trumps, the violence, the mindless mass murder justified in the name of faith or other spurious reasons, continue to fill you with doom and gloom what can dramatically lift that depression?

Nothing works the magic like the sight of dozens of young men and women, with beaming faces, confident gaits, a demeanour full of promise and aspirations, and clearly exhibiting a determination to shape a more beautiful and fairer world — for tomorrow belongs to them.

Of course, if you happen to be a parent, witnessing the apple of your eye graduating, it is an emotional experience and marks the passing of the baton from one generation to the next. And the added knowledge that the hands shaping the world in a small, humble way will be much safer than your own is comforting, uplifting to say the least.

Following the Brexit campaign and vote in the UK, where a spike in race-related incidents was evidenced and the situation was further worsened when innocent civilians were killed in murderous attacks that Muslim extremists claimed responsibility for, what we experienced last Thursday was pleasing as well as reassuring.

The graduating students represented such a beautiful and diverse mix of different ethnic and racial origins, faiths and nationalities. As my daughter, herself in a flowing graduation robe, pointed out young women outnumbered their male counterparts by some margin.

The knowledge that the hands shaping........

© Dawn