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This one is a really good commencement address written and delivered by David Foster Wallace in 2005. Mr. Wallace gets some piercingly hard truth across to the audience that certain clichés in life have deeper meaning. For instance, education must prepare us to think. But of course we are thinking beings. The point is not about our capability to think but to think deeply. He talks about changing our default settings of the brain to think well. He also talks about getting out of the circle of boredom, routine, and petty frustrations that are generated by the daily motions of living; he emphasizes that we need to cultivate attention, awareness, and discipline. Mr. Wallace defines the freedom of a real education. All this might seem like a lecture on moral education but that is not the case. I guess it is better to hear from Mr. Wallace himself.

http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~drkelly/DFWKenyonAddress2005.pdf

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