This is Water, by David Foster Wallace

Please take 10 minutes to watch this excellent video, an interpretation of David Foster Wallace’s 2005 commencement address at Kenyon College.

It was posted on Monday, May 6, and has already been viewed nearly 3 million times. Foster’s point is a simple one, namely that it is possible to choose how we understand our circumstances, and the choices we make can dramatically affect our happiness. More important, education (properly understood) is critical to being able to make those choices.

It is about the real value of a real education, which has (almost) nothing to do with knowledge and everything to do with simple awareness.

The video is not superfluous to Wallace’s message; rather, it drives his point home by illustrating his examples in a vivid, concrete fashion. You can read more about the making of the video here.


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