My mom told me, “Never trust anyone who complains too much; they’re up to something.” She must have read Shakespeare! He proposed a way of cutting through the minutia of an argument; it’s called finding the hidden agenda. Remember in “Hamlet,” when Queen Gertrude says, “The lady doth protest too much methinks?” I thought of Shakespeare when I saw “Protect La Canada Flintridge’s ad concerning the master plan construction project of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy (FSHA).
The intent of Sacred Heart’s master plan is to modernize the campus and there-by ensure the educational viability of a 21th century institution. However, the hyperbole of the opposition with their banter and images is contrary to the reality of what is proposed by FSHA’s modernization project. Shakespeare was a smart guy, subsequently he engineered Queen Gertrude’s phrase to mean that one can insist so passionately about something not being true that people suspect the opposite of what one is saying. Thus it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that such insistence raises a potential red flag.
I’m from the Bronx, and that makes me skeptical. We call it street sense! Maybe it’s common sense! But Bronx Boys have an uncanny knack of reading between the lines.
Do you think the opponents of FASH’s modernization give a darn about protecting La Canada? If you do, I’m going to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s clear to me that their altruism fails before the imperative of self-interest. Under the guise of stewardship, they are intent at impeding the progress of an institution that has been a good neighbor to this community for 81 years. It’s always the same argument, once I’ve built my home nobody else can build above me. Where’s the compromise.
Without compromise one is chained to a narrow vision. The roads to righteousness and arrogance are parallel and it’s often difficult to decipher which path you are on. However the path to righteousness is paved with compromise and the road to arrogance is paved with self-interest.
I understand that those vehemently opposed to FASH may not exceed 12 individuals. I learned at the University of Dayton in Father Leo’s statistics class that 12 is not a representative sample of the aggregate. We are however a constitutional democracy therefore the opposition deserves their day in court. Well, they’ve already had it.
Self-interest should never impede progress? Without change there is no progress, only stagnation. Subsequently we become prisoners of our first amendment. In science we learn that life generates itself through change. Sacred Heart is intent on change, to create a better institution there-by continuing the noble work of educating young women. When will rationality prevail over those who would impede the natural progression? Inertia causes decay.
Throughout, Sacred Heart has taken the moral high ground. They have been a good neighbor, accommodating to the will of the community, fostering honest dialogue, respecting the process, and have been open and transparent throughout. John Milton said, “the best apology against false accusers is silence and sufferance, and honest deeds set against dishonest words.” Righteousness lies in the moral in ground.
Margaret Kean, Chief Development Officer at FSHA explained, “We believe the process is good and if we follow the process the outcome will be good.” However life is not always fair as it’s adjudicated by fallibility. Thus the city council must decide. Leaders do the right thing.
The strategic master plan at Sacred Heart is within their footprint. It is a multi-phased modernization of facilities that are 60 years old. It has a distinct purpose. With the advent of technology and their commitment to insure that FSHA graduates walk confidently, competently, and securely throughout the world, they seek a new pyridine. Change! Change brought mankind through the dark ages. However it takes only a few misguided individuals to take us back to the dark ages.