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Aaron Sorkin's Commencement Speech


Don't ever forget that you're a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day. Civility, respect, kindness, character. You're too good for schadenfreude, you're too good for gossip and snark, you're too good for intolerance—and since you're walking into the middle of a presidential election, it's worth mentioning that you're too good to think people who disagree with you are your enemy. Unless they went to Georgetown, in which case, they can go to hell.

You can read the whole thing here. It was a really good speech, kind of got a little off topic at times but otherwise was very good. Never knew he had a cocaine addiction up until about a decade ago. But so often I've seen big names deliver boring commencement speeches while the speakers that people complain aren't a big enough name are awesome (I think the greatest speech I'll ever see was my sister's commencement where the founder of the Life is Good company spoke), but Sorkin didn't disappoint at all. And I usually hate having student speakers, where someone I'm graduating with is telling me what it takes to succeed, but the student that spoke from the class marshall's (I think) I thought did a phenomenal job.

And of course, congrats to my fellow new alumni in the Class of 2012. Hopefully the Mayans weren't right and we can actually take advantage of our time here.

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