Graduates of Snow College were encouraged to "major in spirituality" for the rest of their lives during baccalaureate services here Friday night.
Wm. James Mortimer, president and publisher of the Deseret News, defined spirituality as a commitment to the highest refinement in thought, feeling and deed. Spirituality, Mortimer said, is the opposite of materialism - a prevalent viewpoint on life that has led to self-indulgence.Addressing the 452 graduates - the largest class in Snow's 103-year history - Mortimer said materialism has affected the popular culture in its art, literature, theater and music in ways that are often debasing.
The war of the '90s, Mortimer said, may be one between an ugly materialism and a spirituality that infuses the highest reaches of the mind.
"Live the spiritual life. Commit yourself to service above self. Devote yourself to higher aspects of the mind," Mortimer said.
During the baccalaureate, Snow College Vice President Neal L. Cox presented outstanding student citizenship awards to two members of the graduating class. Helen Marie Senadeni, Monticello, and Jeffrey J. Olson, American Fork, were honored for their contributions of service to the college community.
In his address to the graduates Saturday morning, Dr. Robert H. Brady, past president of Weber State College and chief executive officer of Bonneville International, recalled a marathon he had run.
"The first 11 miles were all uphill," Brady recalled. "And the lead runner soon moved ahead of the handicapped wheelchair contingent. But on the 15 miles downhill, I was passed by a man in a wheelchair I recognized. As he went by, he said to me, `You're really handicapped without wheels.'
"We're all handicapped in one way or another," Brady said, outlining four barriers to progress he has noted in the educational and industrial worlds.
One barrier is an inadequacy in communication skills. Communication is much more than the ability to read, write and speak, Brady said. It means being able to convey and receive messages.
Poor human relations is also a barrier to success, Brady said. "Be willing to see the other person's point of view and take it into account. Be ready to put service above self."
The inability to use good judgment and the failure to establish sound ethical values are additional barriers to achievement, Brady said. "Develop skill in seeing issues in their proper perspective. Learn to put first things first . . . (and) realize that there are rules that must be kept."