This is Water – David Foster Wallace

“There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?”….. – David Foster Wallace 

I will be honest: David Foster Wallace will probably appear few times on my humble blog. He is one of my all time favourite authors, his work is touching, true and  raw and beautiful at the same time. He had a voice like no other and that’s probably why it is hard to write a blog post about him. When writing about somebody like David Foster Wallace, you want to do it right. I want to do it right … so I decided to start with This Is Water. It is a title of a commencement speech that David Foster Wallace gave at Kenyon College. What is so striking about that speech is that it is as relevant now as it was in 2005 when David Foster Wallace presented it. I think we could all pick up few important pointers from This Is Water but please don’t take my word for it a very kind YouTuber had posted the speech as delivered on the day by David himself. I can not encourage you enough to listen to the speech. It speaks volumes … This Is Water ….

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.” – David Foster Wallace 

This Is Water link to YouTube video. This is the original speech by David Foster Wallace posted by YouTuber (not me).


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