The Importance Of Self-Commencement Speech

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Living in a structured society that allows us to be self-centered and self-absorbed has also allowed us to forget about virtually everything else. Even the most compassionate person has been guilty of even the slightest egotism. However, from the time that we have been able to walk and form mostly full sentences to the time that we have enough mental capacity to form concrete opinions about the world around us, we, or at least, our parents and teachers, have advocated for an unlimited education not only for ourselves but also for our community. When we think of education, we tend to frequently refer back to subjects such as English, math, and science; on the other hand, whether it is a public or private education, we are also learning about ourselves. As we get older and advance to higher levels of schooling, the traditional form of teaching begins to fade, and teachers would rather apply such simple subjects to ourselves and our world, and they ask students, young or old, to ease out of that mindset that they are the “absolute center of the universe” and consider our history as well as our present situation. This concept of self-centeredness and perception is the central theme of David Foster Wallace’s 2005 Kenyon commencement address, in which he expands even further on the effectiveness of education through the use of logos and several anecdotal analogies. In his speech, informally titled “This is Water,” Wallace clarifies that its true meaning pertains more to universal

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