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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, 03:58 PM   #31
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I think it is safe to say this guy falls in the glass half-empty camp.
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:00 PM   #32
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:01 PM   #33
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I'm guessing some of you didn't make it to the halfway point of the speech.
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:10 PM   #34
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it's the least interesting thing he's ever said or written (but i still like it), which is why it can be set to Hallmark card music..

****, he wrote one of the best novels ever...and this is what 1,694,954 people know about him...
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:11 PM   #35
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.... half the people saying "Boo this guy!", the other half say "Amazing speech! 5 stars!"

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Old 05-09-2013, 04:12 PM   #36
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:16 PM   #37
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:17 PM   #38
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It's worth the read:

http://people.virginia.edu/~jrw3k/me...r.Do.Again.pdf
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:21 PM   #39
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.... half the people saying "Boo this guy!", the other half say "Amazing speech! 5 stars!"

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Well, at least most were able to hang in there for nine whole minutes....

I think this all comes down to a question of work ethic vs. managing the grind. There's a million times I've drug my ass out of bed and gone to work, not feeling well, tired, depressed, pissed off, whatever. But I've shown up because, frankly, I'm a starter. People depend on me. Being dependable is important to your longevity in the workplace. I've been at it in the same profession for 27 years now. So I must be doing something right.

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Old 05-09-2013, 04:52 PM   #40
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The music and visuals really supplemented the speech well.

I experienced the highs and lows of his lesson just today.

I don't think I'll ever be able to force myself to think different about people who abuse the express lane. A few weeks back I saw a lady cart $350 worth of groceries through, not the 20 items or less line, but the 12 items or less line. Today, there was a lady unloading a full to the brim cart in the same line. Didn't get her total, but me seeing all the long lines and having just 5 items to buy, it just burned me up.

OTOH, when I got my cart, I got stuck behind a man with a real bad leg [don't know if it was an injury or palsy or what], but he was moving at a glacial pace through the entrance doors, walking with aid of a cane. But rather than being put out, I was nearly moved to tears by his independence and determination. You could tell that every step was arduous, but he pressed on, and it was inspiring, despite how it slowed down the achievement of my personal objectives momentarily.
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:53 PM   #41
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The music and visuals really supplemented the speech well.

I experienced the highs and lows of his lesson just today.

I don't think I'll ever be able to force myself to think different about people who abuse the express lane. A few weeks back I saw a lady cart $350 worth of groceries through, not the 20 items or less line, but the 12 items or less line. Today, there was a lady unloading a full to the brim cart in the same line. Didn't get her total, but me seeing all the long lines and having just 5 items to buy, it just burned me up.

OTOH, when I got my cart, I got stuck behind a man with a real bad leg [don't know if it was an injury or palsy or what], but he was moving at a glacial pace through the entrance doors, walking with aid of a cane. But rather than being put out, I was nearly moved to tears by his independence and determination. You could tell that every step was arduous, but he pressed on, and it was inspiring, despite how it slowed down the achievement of my personal objectives momentarily.
He was probably faking it to use the handicapped spaces.
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:01 PM   #42
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:22 PM   #43
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The music and visuals really supplemented the speech well.

I experienced the highs and lows of his lesson just today.

I don't think I'll ever be able to force myself to think different about people who abuse the express lane. A few weeks back I saw a lady cart $350 worth of groceries through, not the 20 items or less line, but the 12 items or less line. Today, there was a lady unloading a full to the brim cart in the same line. Didn't get her total, but me seeing all the long lines and having just 5 items to buy, it just burned me up.

OTOH, when I got my cart, I got stuck behind a man with a real bad leg [don't know if it was an injury or palsy or what], but he was moving at a glacial pace through the entrance doors, walking with aid of a cane. But rather than being put out, I was nearly moved to tears by his independence and determination. You could tell that every step was arduous, but he pressed on, and it was inspiring, despite how it slowed down the achievement of my personal objectives momentarily.
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:35 PM   #44
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:36 PM   #45
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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.
Its going viral because someone just recently made it into a video.
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