This Is Water: DFW’s 2005 Commencement Speech Re-visited

 

A short film adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s famous 2005 commencement speech to the graduates of Kenyon College.

Simply put, DFW’s speech is about the mere fact that we have the ability to decide how we experience each moment of our lives, especially the mundane and aggravating ones. Our education is not about arming us with vast amounts of knowledge, it’s about instilling the awareness necessary to choose between a conscious and unconscious existence, what moments have meaning, and when we’re able to experience the infinite connectedness of life.

It’s an incredibly important message for all of us, especially those moving bit by bit into adulthood and the more permanent cognitive frameworks that accompany it.

An interview with The Glossary, the creators of this film, can be found on AdWeek.

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Comments

  1. This was a fantastic speech … unfortunately, the video’s no longer available on this post… but I agree with you that it’s a very important message.

    • Thanks for the heads up! The video was taken down in most places due to a request from DFW’s Literary Trust. I would imagine that DFW would like to see this message spread, so I found the video somewhere else and replaced the old link in the post. Enjoy and thanks again.

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