The rant that isn't so much a rant, but an inspiring speech.

22 May 2013

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."


  1. Since I discovered the video I think I must have watched it over 10 times because it tells me exactly what I need to hear. xo

  2. I have never seen this before. I am so happy I took the time to watch it. Thank you for posting it! xo - chels @

  3. I had never seen this video before and I must say, I will most definitely share it. Thank you for posting it, seriously. It's something everyone should see.

    Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog


  4. How funny, I saw this for the first time just the other day! Such a great speech; it's a simple lesson that is never taught, that every situation is only what you make of it.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thank you for sharing this!


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