Hannah Thornton's essay: Pursuing a Century of Hope
Nov 22, 2016 6:26 PM -
Editor's note: This is the essay that was key to Hannah Thornton winning a $10,000 Bob Hope Band Scholarship. For every era that humans walk planet earth, the social and technological culture is shaped not by time, but by the people who lead the way through change and development. We did not invent the telegraph because time rolled by; it was invented because of the genius of Samuel Morse. Slavery was not abolished because it died away; the actions of many leaders united and changed the world. Culture is not shaped merely by the passage of years, but rather by the existence of leaders, those of us who take the first steps in the new direction. Bob Hope was not an inventor or a politician, but he shaped the culture of the world with his booming personality and globally renowned humor. It takes a man of great confidence, charisma, and individuality to wield an instrument as lighthearted as humor to change lives.