I’ve written before how sharing here creates connections across spaces, lives, and people in ways that sometimes I see, and sometimes I don’t. The other day I wrote about this article I read and how it illustrated choice and acceptance for me. My friend Terry in Kentucky responded with how it reminded him of one of his favorite videos from 2013, “This is Water.” So I, in turn, checked that out and it captured so many principles and behavioral changes I’ve been working towards over the last few years, that I’ve decided I should highlight it here.

The video’s created from an essay by David Foster Wallace and was given as a commencement speech at Kenyon College in 2005. I think this quote from Wikipedia sums it up nicely:

This essay covers subjects including “the difficulty of empathy,” “the importance of being well adjusted,” and “the essential lonesomeness of adult life.”[1] Additionally, Wallace’s speech suggests that the overall purpose of higher education is to be able to consciously choose how to perceive others, think about meaning, and act appropriately in everyday life. He argues that the true freedom acquired through education is the ability to be adjusted, conscious, and sympathetic.

If you haven’t already, watch it. It’s 9’22” long and worth much more than that amount of your time. I promise.

  • dogtrax

    I need to. I’ve seen it share before. I often have trouble getting my head around Wallace, but see him referenced everywhere I turn (it seems).

    • luhoka

      I hadn’t even heard of Wallace before this, so I’d be curious how this sits with you, Kevin.