In 1962 President John F. Kennedy gave a famous speech at Rice University in which he set the tone for accomplishing a seemingly impossible goal-- landing on the moon by the end of the decade-- by saying:
"We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard."
I know tonight's essay is hard. That's why I assigned it. I promise that after writing a draft, getting feedback, and revising, the next one won't seem nearly as hard. We will reconvene the Socratic seminars tomorrow to make sure we answer your questions from tonight, so please write them down and bring them with you.
Now do your homework. And keep things in perspective. There is glory in the attempt. The only way to fail is to avoid trying. Besides, it's not like I asked you to climb the 103-floor Sears tower with a thought-controlled bionic leg.