Commentary by Joe Skoog ’13
The Summit is a great opportunity for students to spur real change, but only if they keep having a vested interest in the Summits’ topics.
Because of this, it is important that the Summit be not just about talking, but also about taking an active role in supporting and engaging in efforts to give us a more food conscious world.
It is important for students to realize they should attempt to solve many of the food related problems in our world.
As “Men for Others,” Brophy students have an obligation to help people with their problems.
Most specifically the focus should be on the problem of food production and the effect it has upon Brophy students, their families and the world around them.
This means that Brophy students serve a vital role in trying to change our world for the better.
This cannot be done by just talking, however.
If all we do is talk about the effect of food production, our intake of it and all of the relating issues, then we don’t actually get around to solving all of the problems that are inherent in our current modes of production.
It is not just a forum; it is a call to action—a call to not become complacent with the current way things are produced or farmed.
Brophy students must take the things they will learn from the Summit and work to further those things that are deemed good and attempt to stop those things that are bad or unjust in the growing, cultivation, production and subsequent consumption of food.
Only through actively taking a stand and having a voice can there be any real change.
Without involvement and action, the Summit would become a pointless event that wouldn’t factor into the lives of Brophy students.
To get the full experience out of the Summit, one must further the principles they learned at it.
Read more Summit-related articles in the 2011 Summit Special Section.