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This Is Water: A Commencement Speech by David Foster Wallace


“Learning how to think” really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot or will not exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed.”

This is Water is a commencement speech given in 2005 at Kenyon College by the late David Foster Wallace. The video above is only an excerpt from his speech. The full speech was turned into a book after Wallace died.

The video was awesome; I teared it. Just watch it. You’ll understand.

You can purchase This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life by David Foster Wallace on Amazon.

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