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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Video We All Need To See: "This Is Water"

I was going to start this post by saying "This video is for all the graduates out there," but the truth is, it's for all of us. We're all in here. All out there. All swimming in the same water.

The simple, unbridled humanity of this beautiful commencement address to Kenyon College by author David Foster Wallace in 2005 is made all the more poignant by the author's untimely death three years later. The original audio has been beautifully edited with this video, put together by the artists at

This one hit me right in the feels.

Maybe it's the kid in the video who displays some autistic-type behaviors (holding his ears, hugging himself). Maybe it's because I've been that tired, overworked, bored, frustrated person entirely too much of my life.

All I know is I watched this video, and I'm seeing people today. Really, really seeing them.

Seeing us.

Because we are all part of a bigger us.

Come on in, the water's fine.

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