Intellectual Ancestors

More than any book we’ll ever read
Or talk we’ll ever hear
Or degree we’ll ever earn,
The people we journey with
Will have the greatest impact on
The frame of thought we inhabit
The things we create
And the people we become along the way.
Conversations and revelations
Tight hugs and heated arguments
Wordless tears and overcooked discussions-
These co-sojourners
These interlocutors
These intellectual ancestors
Who help us see the world
And see ourselves
Will leave their fingerpints
On our hearts and minds,
Helping us crystallize
Our thoughts
And sharpen the blade
With which we will sculpt
The world.

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