David Foster Wallace delivered this commencement speech at Kenyon College in 2005. It is amongst the most remarkable videos conjured from a speech-turned-into-a-book I’ve...
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I’ve been amazed at the sheer avoidance, if not ignorance, being perpetrated by our news organizations – and – our “Politicians” running for office. They’re being asked about “jobs”, alignment of resources to rebuild our infrastructure, and all manner of perceived concerns to our nation’s welfare. With trillions of dollars spent to fight conflicts all over the world, our biggest enemy resides right here, within us and amongst us. When politicians running for office invoke spiritual beliefs to combat scientific fact – we have a serious problem. Everything being debated today amounts to trivialities – when the single most challenging issue facing PLANET EARTH isn’t even being DISCUSSED. Not only do our representatives from either party NOT HAVE A PLAN to address this crisis – NO ONE ELSE IS EVEN ASKING ABOUT IT.
Almost always, I tend to present videos that are light-hearted, interesting, feature some hope or positive psychological development in how people are addressing challenges in our world. But, this one isn’t funny and it will require the kind of thinking and teamwork (ON A MUCH LARGER SCALE) than that afforded the “Mission to Mars” featured in my last video presentation.
When I look at the dearth of discussion on this matter, and note the deterioration of climate conditions that favor a healthy planet, I become concerned and would like to stimulate a popular movement focused on protecting our environment and an investment in a sustainable future. That we have politicians, and seemingly intelligent people who favor the bashing of science, and the adoption of “Creationists’ Thinking” – I become nervous. As John F. Kennedy once qouted, ““No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.”
But I think Walter Cronkite said it best, “Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”