You Are Not Special: A Message to High School Graduates

This impressive speech has been making the rounds on the web for a while now, so I thought I’d share it here. It’s around 15 minutes, but it’s well worth your time.

Granted, while I agree with the overall message, I wonder to what extent this orator’s recommendations are feasible. Our society and economic system pressure us to pursue only what makes us money and allows us to consume. Can we really pursue education for it’s own sake, or a life of virtue and simplicity, when it’ll only make us poorer and indebted?

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2 comments on “You Are Not Special: A Message to High School Graduates

  1. This is exactly what the younger generation, and our generation need to realize. We are not entitled to anything! End of story! You want something, you will have to fight tooth and nail to get it, because you’re not a special little angel, you’re just another person making your way in the world. So gird your loins and grit your teeth – this is life, you presumptuous dolts, nothing will be handed to you on a silver platter – and yes, there will be injustice and inequality, but that is life! So deal with it or get out!

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