In Response to: Can We Say That? [6]

I think a good question is how Princeton will continue striving for excellence in teaching, learning, research, and the life of the mind. Free and safe speech will help this, surely. Other prerequisites would seem to be respect, kindness, compassion, and a much greater effort to understand other points of view — be they emotional, situational, philosophical etc. Let us learn from another, with respect, as well-intentioned people. Let’s endeavor to protect the free speech of all in the community, and give a decent, perhaps more extended, hearing to those saying something worthwhile. Our best ideas will bubble up among us if we can cohere with respect in a single community.