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In a lot of areas of social life, I think we are in a period now when we are beginning to relearn why certain codes once existed, to relearn after the social amnesia what shouldm be. I think we will all be extremely grateful for a place [ a college, "an academy"] that preserves not just scholastic standards, because you could say that of many Ivy League colleges that otherwise are an absolutely amorphous shambles today; there is hardly one that does not fit that description -- but an academy that also is a repository of moral values, of honesty, and of what Orwell described as the most precious and most threatened quality on earth: Plain human decency.

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