David Foster Wallace Commencement Speech: This is Water (2005)

Author David Foster Wallace delivered this commencement speech to the graduating class at Kenyon College on May 21, 2005. He stresses the importance of understanding how to think and not just giving in to unconsciousness, our default setting. The real value of education, says Wallace, has "almost nothing to do with knowledge, and everything to do with simple awareness..." NPR listed David Foster Wallace's commencement speech as one of the best of all time. Related Article: The End of the Tour: History vs. Hollywood

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