June 29, 2005

Grad Season

With the grad season upon us there are more and more commencement speeches being posted online. i just came across this one from David Foster Wallace of “Infinite Jest: A Novel” fame (that's another one I started probably 10 times and never got through, but it wasn't for a lack of terrific writing inside). Here's a snippet:

If you're automatically sure that you know what reality is, and you are operating on your default setting, then you, like me, probably won't consider possibilities that aren't annoying and miserable. But if you really learn how to pay attention, then you will know there are other options. It will actually be within your power to experience a crowded, hot, slow, consumer-hell type situation as not only meaningful, but sacred, on fire with the same force that made the stars: love, fellowship, the mystical oneness of all things deep down.

Not that that mystical stuff is necessarily true. The only thing that's capital-T True is that you get to decide how you're gonna try to see it.

This, I submit, is the freedom of a real education, of learning how to be well-adjusted. You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn't. You get to decide what to worship.

Written while groovin' to Rockin` Down The Highway from the album “Listen to the Music: Very Best of the Doobie Brothers” by Doobie Brothers

Posted by Pedraum at June 29, 2005 05:07 PM |