Video – This is water

Transcription of the 2005 Kenyon Commencement Address – May 21, 2005
Written and Delivered by David Foster Wallace

This video is a great way to think about life and things that can be seen as mundane…
Life is not all about me. And, who are all these people getting in my way?….

(If anybody feels like perspiring [cough], I’d advise you to go ahead, because I’m sure going to. In fact I’m gonna [mumbles while pulling up his gown and taking out a handkerchief from his pocket].) Greetings [“parents”?] and congratulations to Kenyon’s graduating class of 2005. 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?”

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