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I think it is fantastic and coming from a wealthy town where most kids had everything handed to them (not me but 95% of my graduating class), this would have been a perfect graduation speech.
this is my favorite part: As you commence, then, and before you scatter to the winds, I urge you to do whatever you do for no reason other than you love it and believe in its importance. Don't bother with work you don't believe in any more than you would a spouse you're not crazy about, lest you too find yourself on the wrong side of a Baltimore Orioles comparison. Resist the easy comforts of complacency, the specious glitter of materialism, the narcotic paralysis of self-satisfaction. Be worthy of your advantages. And read... read all the time... read as a matter of principle, as a matter of self-respect. Read as a nourishing staple of life. Develop and protect a moral sensibility and demonstrate the character to apply it. Dream big. Work hard. Think for yourself. Love everything you love, everyone you love, with all your might. And do so, please, with a sense of urgency, for every tick of the clock subtracts from fewer and fewer; and as surely as there are commencements there are cessations, and you'll be in no condition to enjoy the ceremony attendant to that eventuality no matter how delightful the afternoon
This town is two towns over from where I grew up. I know a lot of people who grew up there, and let me just say that this speech was PERFECT for that town! Very wealthy and very priviledged. I am so curious to see how parents responded! I bet it varied a lot.
I think it was a fantastic speech, but quite daring!