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This Is Water

This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life is an essay by David Foster Wallace, first published in book form by Little, Brown and Company in 2009. The text originates from a commencement speech given by Wallace at Kenyon College on May 21, 2005. The essay was also published in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006 and in 2009 its format was stretched by Little, Brown and Company publication to fill 138 pages for a book publication. A transcript of the speech circulated around the Internet as early as June 2005.

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I originally read opened my eyes and altered my perspective of the world around me. David Foster Wallace was intellectual men who spoke a life lesson. His speech made me realize that no matter how hard life may seem I have the power to make the difficult aspects of it meaningless. His words truly impacted me, and made me realize that I had been living a self absorbed life, and that this world wasn’t just mine, it is ours. I have learned that I am supposed to think less of myself, and change my assumption that life is meaningless. The video in my opinion makes the meaning of the words more vivid.

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