“Let there be light…” , the English translation from Hebrew in the first book of Genesis, can be read as one expression of ancient tradition. It sounds like a command, a pronouncement, declaring that there shall be light, truth, knowledge. To many, especially at this dark time, it can be read more like a plea: Please let the light shine.
After a few days’ delay, the light shines atop Mt Livermore on Angel Island. Despite cancellation of the Sausalito lighted boat parade, in which our brigantine Matthew Turner was scheduled to sail for the first time, its mast and yards will have lights strung by the furloughed crew. “Let there be light” is our expression of hope.
When the pandemic first threatened our shores last Spring, It would have been easier to send everyone packing, to shut down completely, and to delay everything related to our educational mission until the pandemic ebbed, the fog burned off, and the coast was completely clear to sail. But that is not who we are.