DAVID FOSTER WALLACE DEFINES REAL FREEDOM

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This small tome should be gifted to every graduating senior, to everyone, for it is about living a compassionate life. If I quoted every profound statement David Foster Wallace made in his only college commencement speech before his suicide in 2008, I’d have typed the speech in its entirety. So I’ll choose those words that I feel get to the heart of his essay, his wish:

“But of course there are all different kinds of freedom, and the kind that is most precious you will not hear much talked about in the great outside world of winning and achieving and displaying. The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. That is real freedom…It is about the real value of a real education, which has nothing to do with grades or degrees and everything to do with 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.'”

(119-121, 131-133)

Highly recommended.

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