Famous Writer Gives 12-Step Advice
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This is Water
Famous American novelist David Foster Wallace gave the 2005 commencement address to the graduating class of Kenyon College. He shunned the traditional graduation speech in favor of something a little more…spiritual.
In his speech, Wallace touched on a number of ideas that are very twelve-step in nature. He spoke about things like spirituality, perception, unconscious negative beliefs, self-centeredness, attitude, and how everyone, whether they like it or not, is connected.
The speech, which has come to be called “This is Water,” caused some waves when he made it. Not least of which was due to his use of some four-letter words. It was also anthologized in the Best American Non-Required Reading 2006 and later printed as its own book.
So, just what made Wallace’s speech so intriguing? Why did he choose to break the conventions of typical graduation speeches and deliver something a bit more personal? More importantly, what lessons can we take from his talk?
Ultimately, I don’t have the answers to these questions. What I do have is an opinion and a link to his speech. Find both below.