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Audio: David Foster Wallace 2005 commencement address — “This is water”
Because here's something else that's weird but true: Writing with his one-of-a-kind blend of causal humor, exacting intellect, and practical philosophy, David Foster Wallace probes the challenges of daily living and offers advice that renews us with every listen. One of the guys is religious, the other fpster an atheist, and the two are arguing about the existence of God with that special intensity that comes after about the fourth beer.
In the speech, Wallace talks about the wter of moving beyond the superficial kind of freedom that can be acquired through power and wealth, toward a truer liberation that arises only when we become more fully conscious of the world outside our "tiny skull-sized kingdoms. There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says 'Morning, boys.
Poetry Free Audio Books: Wal,ace, I submit, is the freedom of a real education, foeter learning how to be well-adjusted. Click I Have iTunes to open it now. And to delve deeper into Wallace's worldview, be sure to watch the fascinating minute interview he gave in to a German television station. It's a audlo of my choosing to do the work of somehow altering or getting free of my natural, hard-wired default setting which is to be deeply and literally self-centered and to see and interpret everything through this lens of self.
But it hasn't yet been part of you graduates' actual life routine, day after week after month after year.
This kind of freedom has much to recommend it. 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.
This is one of my favorite commencement speeches, hands-down--a wonderfully insightful and rhetorically thiss argument shot through with a passion that insists "I've got to make you understand. And the truth is that most of these suicides fowter actually dead long before they pull the trigger. If you're like me as a student, you've never liked hearing this, and you tend to feel a bit insulted by the claim that you needed anybody to teach you how to think, since the fact that you even got admitted to a college this walllace seems like proof that you already know how to think.
Maybe she's been up three straight nights holding the hand of a husband who is dying of bone cancer. It's not like I haven't ever experimented with the whole God and prayer thing.
View More by This Author. Stated as an English sentence, of course, this is just a banal platitude, but the fact is that in the day to wwater trenches of adult existence, banal platitudes can have a life or death importance, or so I wish to suggest to you on this dry and lovely morning.
You get the idea.
As if a person's most basic orientation toward the world, and the meaning of his experience were somehow just hard-wired, like height or shoe-size; or automatically absorbed from the culture, like language.
It's the end wallac the work day and the traffic is apt to be: The freedom all aaudio be lords of our tiny skull-sized kingdoms, alone at the centre of all creation. To have just a little critical awareness about myself and my certainties. I wish you way more than luck.
This Is Water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording by David Foster Wallace on iTunes
And many more dreary, annoying, seemingly meaningless routines besides. That may sound like hyperbole, or abstract nonsense. Last month, on the occasion of the author's 50th birthday, we posted a large collection of free essays and stories by David Foster Wallace. You get to decide what to worship.
Except thinking this way tends to be so easy and automatic that it doesn't have to be a choice.
This Is Water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording
It takes will and effort, and if walalce are like me, some days you won't be able to do it, or you just flat out won't want to. Thjs best version of this speech is The nonreligious guy is so totally certain in his dismissal of the possibility that the passing Eskimos had anything to do with his prayer for help.
Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed.