Saturday, 14 August 2010
What's the purpose of a school motto? I often wondered this as a child.
The popular method of picking a few choice words in Latin is quaint if a little pretentious - but my secondary school had its motto in English, and that seemed even more pointless. At least with a Latin motto, you get a few words of Latin seared into your soul.
My school's motto was Therefore, Choose. The school website says it's from Deuteronomy, and a quick search on BibleGateway finds the wider context: "I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live."
Mostly, while I was at school, I completely ignored it.
Yet now, as an adult, every now and then I catch these words echoing in my mind, reminding me of obvious facts: I can choose how to handle whatever situation I find myself in. I can choose how to react to those around me. Ultimately, I can choose the person I want to be.
Pretty powerful stuff, from just two words.
Did your school have a motto, and do you remember it? What words do you live by?