David McCullough commencement speech – my favorite part.

I guess by now you have probably read, seen or heard about the “bucket of ice water to the face” commencement speech recently delivered by Wellesley High School English Teacher, David McCullough Jr. While I didn’t agree with everything he said, there was some good stuff and some certifiably great stuff. Here’s my favorite excerpt…

 

 

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 principle, 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.  And do so, please, with a sense of urgency, for every tick of the clock subtracts from fewer and fewer…

 

Thanks for the reminder, David. From all of us.

 

 

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