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This Is Water

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 we've ever come across, and perhaps the most simple and elegant explanation of the real value of education.

We 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. However, we encourage everyone to seek out the full speech (because, in this case, the book is definitely better than the movie).
-The Glossary
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Positive thought can really set you free. I guess in theory you will live longer too :)

Ron brought the Liberty movement together, Rand is expanding the crap out of it! :)


5 stars. Well done.

I try to change people every day. Do You?

good stuff

good stuff

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Amazing speech.

As we all know, we find ourselves in these situations every day.

The mass hysteria, all about me, continuum that we are programmed to feed on projects us towards this non-actualization.

We have the ability to BREAK FREE! We just need to recognize LOVE and COMPASSION.

When we realize that its not about the 12 seconds you lost at the traffic light because somebody slowed down, had the right-of-way, but just forgot to put on their blinker.
Its not because the cashier working at the minute mart had to alternate between you and the guy with 25 lottery tickets when you only had the breath mints.

Its about RESPECT FOR MANKIND and LOVE OF LIFE. Life is truly a JOURNEY and NOT a destination.

Take the time to stop and smell the roses. Be aware. BREAK FREE!


its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.