[Story and photo by Mike Foley: Originally published in the BYU–Hawaii electronic “newsroom” on March 27, 2007]
Dr. Kent M. Keith [pictured at left], who in 1968 wrote a series of “paradoxical commandments” as a teenage undergraduate at Harvard that have since spread across the globe and formed the basis for several current best-selling books, urged BYU-Hawaii students in the Honors forum on March 27 to follow a service model of leadership to find more personal meaning in life.
Keith — who grew up in Honolulu, became a Rhodes Scholar and more recently served as president of Chaminade University of Honolulu (a Catholic school; he’s a Protestant) — told the students, “I’m here to encourage you, because I think as you look out into the world now-days it’s easy to be discouraged. There are good things going on everywhere, but it’s so hard sometimes when you think of war, starvation, disease, genocide, the threat of nuclear destruction… There’s a lot of suffering going on. There’s no end of natural disasters.”