It’s the time of year for commencement ceremonies at schools and universities. Most commencement speeches are dull and offer similar kinds of advice. But here is a gem I’d suggest watching or listening to. It’s by Pulitzer Prize finalist David Foster Wallace who poignantly expresses just how unaware so many of us can be. You can find it
He starts with this parable:
“There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, ‘Morning, boys. How’s the water?’ And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, ‘What the hell is water?’”
He then goes on to share:
“The point of the fish story is merely that the most obvious, important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about. ...The fact is that in the day to day trenches of adult existence, banal platitudes can have a life or death importance.”
It’s an excellent lesson about how we can make meaning of the world around us. And the power that comes from understanding the depth behind that which seems obvious.