Thursday, January 20, 2011

On Consciousness and Freedom

I came across this snippet of a speech that David Foster Wallace gave at Kenyon College and wanted to share it with you....


On Consciousness and Freedom

But of course there are all different kinds of freedom, and the kind that is most precious you will not hear much talk about in the great outside world of wanting and achieving. The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day. 

That is real freedom. That is being educated, and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing. 

David Foster Wallace, Commencement address at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, May 21, 2005. 

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