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Old 05-09-2013, 01:40 PM  
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"This is Water": A Message for New Graduates

David Foster Wallace was an award winning author who suffered from depression. He gave a commencement speech called "This is Water." This is a part of that speech. It's about first world problems graduates will encounter. This video runs about nine minutes, but is probably the best commencement address I've ever heard.

BTW: Wallace committed suicide by hanging himself three years later after giving this speech. He was 46 years old.

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Old 05-09-2013, 02:50 PM   #16
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great speech...too bad the audio mix was complete shit and I could only make out bits & pieces because the goddamn music track was drowning out the speaker's voice.

/first-world problems
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:52 PM   #17
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:09 PM   #18
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I don't see his point.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:12 PM   #19
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:13 PM   #20
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:16 PM   #21
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Amazing speech.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:18 PM   #22
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I could only take about 3 minutes of his droning. What a shitty outlook on life. Not surprised he offed himself. We're supposed to take advice from this guy why?
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:23 PM   #23
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That was beautiful.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:25 PM   #24
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Just have Dennis Leary come out and say "Life Sucks, Get A ****ing Helmet".
Speech over.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:27 PM   #25
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:30 PM   #26
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DFW was one of my personal heroes until he offed himself. I don't look up to people who kill themselves, but in his defense, he suffered from extreme clinical depression, not garden variety "I'm sad." Guy was a freakinggenius though, but that's probably one of the reasons he could never escape his pain completely.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:31 PM   #27
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Why is this going viral now? The speech is years old. They even printed it in book form after he died.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:33 PM   #28
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Why is this going viral now? The speech is years old. They even printed it in book form after he died.
It's graduation season.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:44 PM   #29
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Here's his obit in the NY Times. Sounds like the classic troubled genius. I've lost a couple friends to suicide from mental health issues. It's awful. It usually happens to very gifted people.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/15/bo...lace.html?_r=0
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:56 PM   #30
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wait people are considering advice on how to have a positive outlook from a guy who killed himself?

Did he not take his own advice, or is this the result of his "positive" outlook?

I always wait for traffic to die down before going grocery shopping, so I guess I dont relate that much to idea that you must shop during rush hour


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