I stumbled across this last night when I was flicking through Flipboard and knew I just had to share it with you all.
In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death. It is, without a doubt, some of the best life advice one could ever hear in their lifetime, and perhaps the single most simple and elegant explanation of the how you can get through the menial, annoying and trivial things in life by using your brain to really evaluate what is going on around you and to understand that there are other people, with their own set of problems and thoughts and worries that interact with you each and everyday.
I will readily admit that I often believe that the world revolves around me. This usually manifests itself when I have some Audi wanker up my jacksy, or some screaming child on a flight to wherever. But this small nugget of advice, might, just might, help me reduce my elevated blood pressure and project some empathy for my fellow travellers on this blue and green marble we call home.
The guys at The Glossary made this video, built around an abridged version of the original audio recording, with the hopes that the core message of the speech could reach a wider audience who might not have otherwise been interested.
The full speech is available here.