The Important Kind

I just listened to “This is Water,” the commencement speech that David Foster Wallace delivered to Kenyon College, the class of 2005. I didn’t know what it would be, and I didn’t feel that I connected with every word, but it was pretty great. Of course it was; it was David Foster Wallace.  You can listen to it here, if you are so inclined.  If you would rather just read it, I found a transcript as well.

He spends a bit of time on what freedom really is, and then he says something that I’ve been turning over in my mind.  It’s such a great quote, I decided I would share it here.  As a belated Independence Day offering.

“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

About Rachel Lewis

Rachel Lewis has worked as a barista, a book seller, a jewelry store window dresser, a wood shop lackey, a receptionist, an extra on Touched By An Angel, and once built thirty giant ants out of paper mâché to decorate a parade float. It took an entire weekend and she was paid approximately twenty dollars. She has written six short and one act plays which have been produced in showcases and festivals in Salt Lake City - Utah, Austin - Texas and Manhattan - New York. Her full length play, Locking Doors, was produced by the University of Utah in 2005. Subsequent productions were later staged in Twin Falls - Idaho and Jackson Hole - Wyoming. Ms. Lewis is currently employed in the pharmaceutical industry and is working on a masters in technical writing. She finds that keeping this web log effective prevents her dying from boredom. She is also makes and sells wheel-thrown pottery and is working on another full length play and a book of short stories. Rachel Lewis is a Utah native and lives in Salt Lake City with her Yorkshire terrier, Wensleydale Doggiepants.

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