A little background for you...Eight years ago, David Foster Wallace delivered his “This is Water” speech to Kenyon College graduates. The speech was recently revived by a video production company (The Glossary) when they turned it into a 9-minute short film that you will (hopefully) now watch. Transcripts of it have circulated around the Web ever since, gaining popularity after the author committed suicide in 2008.
If I had an actual soapbox I would deliver his incredible speech.
Please, pretty please, take a few minutes to watch this video. It rendered me speechless.
"You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn't. That is real freedom. That is being educated and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the "rat race" — the constant, gnawing sense of having had and lost some infinite thing."
"The capital- T Truth is about life before death. It is about making it to 30, or maybe 50, without wanting to shoot yourself in the head. It is about simple awareness — awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, that we have to keep reminding ourselves, over and over: This is water, this is water."