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April 20, 2012
"The opposite of love is not hatred, but indifference...The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, but indifference. The opposite of life is not death, but indifference."
Elie Wiesel, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor, delivered a succinct and powerful message at a 1997 commencement at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
"Be passionately involved in whatever you are doing," he told students. "When you see someone who needs you, be passionately there. Your presence must be an expression of passion."
Lynn Laurenti, an associate vice president at FAU at the time, recalls: "it was an incredible speech about the power of the human spirit to overcome the most terrible things and to make things better on this planet."