Graduation Speech Essay

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A boy once approached Socrates with the desire to obtain wisdom. Without saying a word, Socrates led the boy down to the edge of the sea and walked in, beckoning him to follow. When they were standing waist deep in the water, Socrates pushed the boy down, completely submerging his head. He held him thus for a couple of minutes, until the boy was almost to the point of death, before letting him up. Sputtering and angry, the boy demanded to know why Socrates had held him underwater for so long. In response, Socrates asked, "when you were under the water, what did you want more than anything in the world?"
After a moment's reflection, the boy answered, "I wanted to breathe."

"Ah," Socrates replied. "When you desire wisdom and knowledge
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Learning should be an ongoing activity in every life. There is never a point it should stop, nor is there a time when it is no longer needed. Although we will soon be receiving a high school diploma and may have passed some of the more challenging classes in high school, there is still a tremendous amount of information and wisdom in this world we have to acquire. However, this lack of knowledge is not something that should set us back. We should instead see it as a great opportunity. I know I don't know everything, and I think that is the best thing to know: the fact that there will always be more to learn and discover.

We have access to a great wealth of information. Through the Internet we can find just the information we are looking for within a matter of minutes. Just a couple of decades ago, that same task may have taken days or weeks. We have access to so much, but with that comes a responsibility. We have the responsibility to decide what we are going to learn and how we are going to spend the time we have to learn. The knowledge we acquire will not only affect our lives and our endeavors, but it will also affect the lives of the next generation. What we learn is what we will teach. And what we teach is what the next generation will…

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