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    Quote Originally Posted by ChitownHusker View Post
    Did you listen to the whole thing? I could see how the first couple of minutes could turn you off, but the overall message was spot on. His audience was a bunch of wealthy kids who had been pressured from day one to do everything in their life geared toward improving their resume. He was giving them a very worthwhile message: there is more to life than achievements chalked up for the sake of burnishing college eligibility. Do things because you love to do them, and not for the sake of racking up accomplishments. It was a very worthwhile message, and it was well tailored to his audience. His reference to Dead Poets Society was no coincidence; his message was almost identical to that of Robin Williams' character.
    "Tear them up, boys! Tear them up."

    I did listen to the whole thing, including his weak "congratulations" through almost gritted teeth at the end. Overall it was a very hackneyed message to me, yeah OBVIOUSLY you shouldn't live your life to improve your resume. If they waited until graduation to spring this simple truth on their students, well that is an education failure so massive that, indeed, it might be better if these students do feel like low-down losers because if they are self-assured enough to unleash on the world the garbage that school apparently taught them with the full weight of their families' resources behind it, we will all suffer.

    The bottom line to me is, I don't care how much money these kids have. There's all kinds of kids even in that audience who battled addiction, abusive parents, depression, feelings of inadequacy, eating disorders, learning disabilities, and Lord knows what else to make it to that stage. High school graduation is not nothing. Can we let people feel special for one afternoon?

    When you give a speech like this, you're not talking to just the one spoiled brat you want to zing. You're talking to everyone. That's especially true if you're going to broadcast yourself on the Web. So, be careful. Maybe read the textbook through once or twice to make sure before you ask the kids to tear them up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThotDoc View Post
    It's an important message and needs lots of repeating to have any impact on our current society of over-indulgent parents and youth with a resultant sense of entitlement.
    Amen to that brother.
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    "Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you." Sums up the speech pretty well and it's good advice no matter which high school you graduated from, including Columbine.

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    Great speech. Very much needed today.
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    So, the question is how many Tweets/Facebook updates went out from that graduation ceremony about this very speech?

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    If he had been a politician addressing the American people what would we think?

    What, America is not special? Live for others? Don't live a "me first, I'm the best life?"

    Sounds like a namby pamby socialist liberal to me.

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    damn straight.

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    What's interesting about this speech is, with the exception of one dissenter, it resonated with people on both the right and the left. Contrary to huskerator's opinion (which I definitely respect) I thought the message was very uplifting. I think if the only thing you heard was "you're not the center of the universe" you were missing the very important message that came afterward: "so stop worrying about your status and start living life to the fullest."
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    I AM SPECIAL!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by utsker View Post
    I AM SPECIAL!!!
    yes you are...now get to work and earn it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChitownHusker View Post
    What's interesting about this speech is, with the exception of one dissenter, it resonated with people on both the right and the left.
    Maybe I am special after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChitownHusker View Post
    What's interesting about this speech is, with the exception of one dissenter, it resonated with people on both the right and the left. Contrary to huskerator's opinion (which I definitely respect) I thought the message was very uplifting. I think if the only thing you heard was "you're not the center of the universe" you were missing the very important message that came afterward: "so stop worrying about your status and start living life to the fullest."
    I agree, I think it was definitely uplifting, and those who think it wasn't appear to have missed the entire point.

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    I have to agree with H5k here, though I didn't get much further than the opening act on marriage.

    No speech in a wedding, commencement, memorial, etc should be 12 minutes.

    Anyone have a transcript?

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    Quote Originally Posted by utsker View Post
    I AM SPECIAL!!!
    **cough** Olympics **cough** ** cough**
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    Quote Originally Posted by cm husker View Post
    I have to agree with H5k here, though I didn't get much further than the opening act on marriage.

    No speech in a wedding, commencement, memorial, etc should be 12 minutes.

    Anyone have a transcript?

    Three minutes tops is good enough for me







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