The majority of people in the audience of David Foster Wallace's This is Water speech at Kenyon College in 2005 didn't understand what he was talking about.
This is evidenced by their laughter and applause a few times throughout the speech. To the point where he has to explicitly say, "This is an example of how not to think, though."
It's ironic that David Foster Wallace's own message was likely lost on 95+ percent of the graduates he was speaking to at the time.
Even for me personally, I believe I now understand Wallace's message at an even deeper level than when I first listened to his speech.
Why? A certain amount of living life is needed to really "see" and understand his key points.
Those key points are what we'll explore in this post.
Premium Post Contents:
- The Main Point of "This is Water"
- Acknowledging your Unconscious Default Setting (5 Characteristics)
- Adjusting your Default Setting from Unconscious to Conscious (5 Characteristics + Infographic)
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