‘This Is Water’ by David Foster Wallace

“This Is Water” is pure Zoom-Out.

It is the title given to a commencement speech (and later a derived written publication) given by David Foster Wallace at Kenyon College on May 21, 2005. Wallace was described as the most influential American author of his generation. His works included the classic Infinite Jest.  This is also the only public speech David Foster Wallace ever gave outlining his outlook on life. Time magazine has ranked This Is Water among the best commencement speeches ever delivered.

I highly recommend listening to his entire, inspirational and moving speech, available here on YouTube: