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Wong, Dr. Keough, Mrs. Novogroski, Ms. Curran, members of the board of education, family and friends of the graduates, ladies and gentlemen of the Wellesley High School class of , for the privilege of speaking to you this afternoon I am honored and grateful. Thank you. Weddings are bride-centric pageantry. Other than conceding to a list of unreasonable demands, the groom just stands there. No stately, hey- everybody-look-at-me procession. No being given away.
No identity-changing pronouncement. And can you imagine a television show dedicated to watching guys try on tuxedos? Their fathers sitting there misty-eyed with joy and disbelief, their brothers lurking in the corner muttering with envy.
Left to men, weddings would be, after limits-testing procrastination, almost inadvertent… during halftime… on the way to the refrigerator. The Baltimore Orioles do better than weddings. But this ceremony… commencement… a commencement works every time. Fitting, for example, for this auspicious rite of passage, is where we find ourselves this afternoon, the venue.
That matters. That says something. And your ceremonial costume… shapeless, uniform, one-size-fits all. And your diploma… but for your name, exactly the same. Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again.
Yes, you have. Absolutely, smiles ignite when you walk into a room, and hundreds gasp with delight at your every tweet. Newton, Natick, Nee… I am allowed to say Needham, yes? Across the country no fewer than 3.
But why limit ourselves to high school? Imagine standing somewhere over there on Washington Street on Marathon Monday and watching sixty- eight hundred yous go running by. In fact, astrophysicists assure us the universe has no center; therefore, you cannot be it. Neither can Donald Trump… which someone should tell him… although the hair is quite a phenomenon.
Epictitus tells me I have my own spark of Zeus! So that makes 6. You see, if everyone is special, then no one is. If everyone gets a trophy, trophies become meaningless. In our unspoken but no so subtle Darwinian competition with one another—which springs, I think, from our fear of our own insignificance, a subset of our dread of mortality—we have of late, we Americans, to our detriment, come to love accolades more than genuine achievement.
No longer is it how you play the game, no longer is it even whether you win or lose, or learn or grow, or enjoy yourself doing it. But the phrase defies logic. By definition there can be only one best. Second is ice cream… just an FYI. As you commence, then, and before you scatter to the winds, I urge you to do whatever you do for no reason other than you love it and believe in its importance.
Resist the easy comforts of complacency, the specious glitter of materialism, the narcotic paralysis of self-satisfaction. Be worthy of your advantages. And read… read all the time… read as a matter of principal, as a matter of self-respect.
Read as a nourishing staple of life. Develop and protect a moral sensibility and demonstrate the character to apply it. Dream big. Work hard. Think for yourself. Love everything you love, everyone you love, with all your might. The first President Roosevelt, the old Rough Rider, advocated the strenuous life. Thoreau wanted to drive life into a corner, to live deep and suck out all the marrow.
The poet Mary Oliver tells us to row, row into the swirl and roil. Locally, someone… I forget who… from time to time encourages young scholars to carpe the heck out of the diem. The point is the same: get busy, have at it. Get up, get out, explore, find it yourself and grab hold with both hands. Now, before you dash off and get your YOLO tattoo, let me point out the illogic of that trendy little expression—because you can and should live not merely once, but every day of your life.
None of this day seizing, though, this YLOOing, should be interpreted as license for self-indulgence. Like accolades ought to be, the fulfilling life is a consequence, a gratifying byproduct.
Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.
Go to Paris to be in Paris, not to cross it off your list and congratulate yourself for being worldly. Exercise free will and creative, independent thought not for the satisfactions they will bring you, but for the good they will do others, the rest of the 6. And then you too will discover the great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself. Good luck. Make for yourselves, please, for your sake and ours, extraordinary lives.
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You Are Not Special: ... And Other Encouragements
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Ein Vorschlag? - У немца перехватило дыхание. - Предложение. - Да. Я могу прямо сейчас отвести вас в участок… - Беккер выразительно замолчал и прищелкнул пальцами. - Или?.
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Он пытался, сэр! - Мидж помахала листком бумаги. - Уже четыре раза. ТРАНСТЕКСТ заклинило. Фонтейн повернулся к окну. - Господи Исусе. Раздался телефонный звонок.
Откуда вам это известно. - Это не имеет отношения к делу. Нуматака выдержал паузу. - А если мистер Беккер найдет ключ. - Мой человек отнимет. - И что .
Стратмор бросил взгляд на лежавшего в беспамятстве Хейла, положил беретту на столик рядом со Сьюзан и крикнул, перекрывая вой сирены: - Я сейчас вернусь! - Исчезая через разбитое стекло стены Третьего узла, он громко повторил: - Найди ключ. Поиски ключа не дали никаких результатов. Сьюзан надеялась, что Стратмору не придется долго возиться с отключением ТРАНСТЕКСТА. Шум и мелькающие огни в шифровалке делали ее похожей на стартовую площадку ракеты. Хейл зашевелился и в ответ на каждое завывание сирены начал моргать. Неожиданно для самой себя Сьюзан схватила беретту, и Хейл, открыв глаза, увидел ее, стоящую с револьвером в руке, нацеленным ему в низ живота. - Где ключ? - потребовала .
Странно, что она чувствует нервозность в такой знакомой ей обстановке. В темноте все в Третьем узле казалось чужим. Но было что-то .