Professor Hundert inspires his students to make meaningful contributions to society. He asks one student to read a plaque with a quote from Shutruk-Nakhunte, king of Elam, and compares Nakhunte to famous individuals such as Socrates and Plato. He suggests that Shutruk-Nakhunte is largely unknown because he did not make any contributions to mankind.
Addressing an audience of eight activists, Reg contends that the Romans have stolen everything from them and then asks how the Romans have given them. To his surprise, they list out a large number of contributions, such as acqueducts, roads, medicine, education, health, and more.
Mr. Keating emphasizes the real-world applicability of words, language, and poetry. He encourages his students to contemplate their life's purpose. The human race is full of passion- poetry, beauty, romance and life: the things people stay alive for. "The powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"