Thursday, May 9, 2013

This is Water - A Lesson on Awareness

This 9-minute short film is based from a 2005 commencement speech given by author David Foster Wallace, in which he exhorts the graduating class to view the mundane and boring moments of life as opportunities for awareness, choosing how to think, and seeing the world with a vision of grace instead of self-centereredness. Wallace is a compelling and witty wordsmith, and while he subscribed to a differing worldview than myself, it's beautiful to see people stumble upon Truth (capital "T").

Money quote: "But if you really learned how to think, how to pay attention, then you will know you have other options. It will actually be within your power to experience a crowded, hot, slow, consumer-hell type situation as not only meaningful, but sacred, on fire with the same force that lit the stars: love, fellowship, the mystical oneness of all things."

Watch the video, then share what you think in a comment!

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