Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger The expression that has become a painful cliche still holds a powerful but simple truth.
For though the philosopher who expressed the concept is often forgotten, the principle of what suffering can do to enrich and strengthen the individual is timeless and almost universal.
And when it comes to suffering the current generation of students can probably teach the older generations, if not the specifics of how they have overcome adversity, then certainly an illuminating model of how young hope and energy can tackle the worst that life throws at them.
If 2020 was bad enough with its long lockdowns and COVID deaths, then a sense of inescapable repetition and waning hope could easily mark 2021 as worse. Again students and their teachers have shown agility and forbearance in rapidly shifting to online learning during a rollercoaster year.
In many ways SHOUT has always reflected the best of this collective, aspiring youthful spirit. The Courier is once again proud to publish and promote these voices of a younger generation. They shape the future and if these hardships are shaping them, it is often more as a strength than a weakness.
But 2021 also brings some good news in the form that science has delivered with vaccines. It again shows the remarkable adaptability of the intelligent human species to some of its worst threats, in this case it comes in the form of two little jabs in the arm that will help free all of us from lockdowns and the deathly threat of a pandemic.
In the first weeks these vaccines have been on offer, young people have shown themselves enormously willing to play their part, each knowing it will bring personal benefits but will also help the greater good.
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