This Is Water - Full version-David Foster Wallace Commencement Speech

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Shubhankar Suley : what this guy said in 22 mins. many novelists and thinkers fail to convey in their entire lifetime work, AND WITH SUCH SIMPLICITY

Paul Novak Office : "We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." Victor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Drellistenstomusic : Recognizing other people as real, thinking feeling beings instead of mind zombies and learning that you can control how you react to situations. I feel like people could've learned that without going 4 years, getting thousands of dollars in debt and learning facts that were forgotten a day after the test.

James Brink : This is by far the most important video I have ever seen. 

Pierre Jendrysiak : People are laughing just so they won't cry.

plzniteonly : To the good friend that I never met: thank you.

SG : this fundamentally changed me

Kyle Winter : **Enthusiastic applause** DFW: "This is an example of how not to think, by the way..." **Uncomfortable, tapering applause**

Ryan Nafe : The amount of raw truth and value in this speech is absolutely incredible. It's mind blowing. Deeply moving.

thebeattrustee : Holy shit this man had a goddamn golden tongue

Amanda Cerchiori-Metzler : OMG, I love this. you cant take your frustrations out on the frantic lady working the register, who is overworked at a job whose daily tedium and meaninglessness surpasses the imagination. and tells you to "have a nice day" in the voice of absolute death. as a person in retail... I thank you.

TacoSteven : It's fucking haunting to hear him talk about suicide. 8:50

Bial Noug : I listened to this speech many times. The water is not very good these days. Empathy is very important, just don't let it kill you.

Tina Shafer : So incredibly poignant. Wish he could have listened to his own words. So tragic we lost this great thinker to depression. I am grateful he left this speech.

Sunny kim : I come back everyday whenever i have time ..whenever i feel my life is going like a rat race ..routinely

Imad Akel : It perplexes me that this man committed suicide. I learned he had been afflicted with depression, but the man giving this speech seemed more than capable of fighting depression. What happened to being "well-adjusted" and the freedom of making a choice other than the default? I know he wrote personalized suicide notes to family members who have not shared them and I understand that their privacy should be respected, but I am curious beyond description as to what ultimately consumed this man. I wish he could reach out to us and explain the choice he made; in the context of someone preaching awareness, was he not aware it was the wrong choice? Or did he feel like he didn't have a choice in the end?

lnicoll100 : 'the freedom all to be lords of our own tiny skull sized kingdoms, alone at the center of all creation.' woah

José Pablo Salas : Everytime I feel I'm losing my way in life I come back to this speech, to this particular video.

JUSfr34k : I've read 'Power of Now' by Eckhart Tolle and the main points and truth that Tolle and Wallace talk about is the concept of being conscious and aware.  Just watched The End of the Tour and I'm so glad I found about this man

Roxanne Torres : Chris brought me here...

Sasapesso : ''The capital-T Truth is about life before death.'' I will always remember that.

WisMicYal11 : This talk always gives me comfort.

Larry's Acting Videos : This is so incredibly important and sacred. Everyone should see this video and consider his words. David had the most wonderful gift of being able to articulately translate into words the internal landscapes of human beings. I am very grateful for this video and his speech. I am sad he lost his battle. But I, along with all of you, will continue our fight! Peace and love. RIP David Foster Wallace

M : Chris Evans brought me here! <3

Jie Cee : You can see the manifestation of his ego that was probably the cause of his suicide around 10:00 . His choice of words and his way of making life seem like a dreaded nightmare that never ends. It's very sad; He was so close to happiness, but so far

Adrenalin Zone------Pug Channel : So this is where all the smart people are on Youtube.

Kristen Leigh : people laughing is really ironic.

dewi4love : This guy told those college kids the truth.

fruktjuiceify : "The freedom all to be lords of our tiny skull sized kingdoms. Alone at the center of all creation."

quoe1 : essentially this is about uprooting the illusion of self.

Michael Ian Ross : I can't help but think that so much of DFW's "humor" wasn't meant to be humor at all. He almost seems slightly frustrated that the audience is laughing at one point, like they're hearing the message but misunderstanding the genre and thus missing the point.

Eric Gates : Who dislikes this?

Matt M : i wish you way more than luck

Johnny Showbones : This is, in essence, the practise of mindfulness - Foster Wallace really wonderfully presents it though.

lucretius123 : Why are people laughing? It'd be interesting to see where these Kenyon grads are today.

Anthony Spitery : i need to watch this for school

Lenin DC : Great talk. I wonder if he followed his own advice, since he hanged himself.

PhilosoMe : One of the greatest speeches of all time. It's amazing just how far we'll go to protect our egos. Astounding lengths, even. After all, without them, we feel vulnerable. Susceptible. Easily broken. We feel deprived, whatever that deprivation might be. That is why we create alternate identities in order to compensate for these problems; to provide a sort of mask to conceal them. But it is nonetheless false, and no less damaging, especially. Here, David asks that we challenge our own assumptions. To step outside of our usual selves and, even for only a brief moment, look at things differently and explore alternatives. To look past what our initial impressions are, and consider things from a different perspective. Unfortunately, much, if not all, of this is impeded by the influence the ego has on our minds, and it's ability to impact our thought patters and decisions. We're too focused on _Our_ wants, _our desires_ and _our issues_ that we rend ourselves blind to the afflictions and hardships of those around us and as a consequence, lack sympathy. Even more fundamentally, we lack understanding. How can we ever connect to others if we cannot even understand them? How will we show our sympathy? We need to realize just how blinding the ego can be to our self-awareness. If we're ever to come even close to a peaceful society, the first step, I think, would be to do just as Wallace here suggests. -

wabisabi boisragon : the fact that this speech is not downloadable and thus impossible to sample in music is a crime. Yes the person who posted it, has done us all a favour, however their 'ownership' of it, restricting it's use for anything but listening to it using youtube, is a shame. I wish the spirit of the speech were more inner stood by the poster. That being said, I am glad that I have access to it. PS I found another version to sample.

David Mucci : One of my favorite speeches. One of my favorite authors and one of my favorite people. ...aaaaand totally not understanding the "stop laughing" comments. Ever read Infinite Jest, or Broom of the System, or "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again," or "The Suffering Channel," or...anything by this dude? He had a great sense of humor, and that comes through in some (or several) moments of this speech. It's not like people were laughing at the "shoot themselves in the head" comments, it was the "that's so true" stuff that reminded these people of their own lives.

naz m : professor moonshower brought me here 2 semesters ago and I still come back and listen to it every now and then such powerful words.

David Kunikis : Refer to the film "Liberal Arts." It incorporates both Kenyon College and David Foster Wallace's book, "Infinite Jest."

Suan Lin : "The End of the Tour " brought me here.

Sharlatan : I couldn't find anything in this speech to laugh about.

GIULIA G : Keep in mind that David Foster hung himself a year or two ago. Quite sad.

TheKijib : laughing nervously cuz they kno we're all screwed

Its me Yaboi : I absolutely love this video, and I love everything I hear from David, however I have yet to read any of his books. Any suggestions on what to read first?

quoe1 : I am so afraid of death. But I just want it to be over at this point. I am losing my mind

Adam Patterson : "Maybe she's not usually like this"

camsavv : The REAL creator of this philosophy wrote a very dense, elaborate song on this subject in 2000, when he was only 19 years old! Detailing what he very aptly, (and far more poetically, if I may say) called "The powdered water" Eyedea & Abilities - Birth Of A Fish & Powdered Water Too (Part 1 & 2) HQ This video is wonderful and all, but it really upsets me that this man refuses to acknowledge the kid who clearly inspired him, Michael Larson. Well he wrote under a pen name "Eyedea", at age 15 He began creating a philosophy drawing from Plato's "Allegory of the cave". Ths philosophy, he called "the powdered water" is exactly the message this man is trying to present. Michael Larson was a very wonderful, and inspirational poet who died at the young age of 28. He is very sorely missed, and I believe his legacy deserves to be remembered better then this. Please, I urge you all to watch the entire song, and remember eyedea, Michael Larson, for the credit he deserved.