David Foster Wallace – This Is Water (A welcome shift of perspective)

Hey folks!

Today I want to share with all of you, what was my first facebook post of the year, so that this may in some way help you. Before you dismiss this as something stupid/random etc. I urge you to think again and listen to the whole thing.

I don’t know how many people heard the whole thing when I posted it. But, I guess it must’ve surely helped those who did.

It’s a simple graduation speech at a Liberal Arts college, Kenyon College, I believe, to the class of 2005, that David was asked to address.

In his speech, he touches on all kinds of truths about life, about society and everyday trials and subsequently, how if we just change our thinking, the world around us automatically becomes better.

The things he speaks about with a blunt, truthful and up-front perspective will definitely help you change your perspective on life and those around you.

In a nutshell it urges  you to be more empathetic, not be so self-centered and selfish although we are wired that way and choose what to think, well.

It’s an interesting and thought provoking speech and a little heavy, but I urge you to listen to the whole thing despite it’s length, very carefully and think about it.

I’ve heard it 2-3 times myself and trust me, it’ll help you a lot!

As mentioned in wikipedia about his speech – He describes the human condition of daily crises and chronic disillusionment and warns against solipsism,invoking compassion, mindfulness, and existentialism.

Check out the meanings of each of the words highlighted, if you are interested, as well.

I could analyse and interpret it myself but it’ll be better if you just listen to it for yourself.

Here it is!

David was a brilliant writer with an extraordinary and thoughtful way of expressing himself.

Here is his Wikipedia page, in case you want to read about his life:

He’s no more sadly, he passed away at the age of 46 in 2006. Let’s just not get into his death. I just wish he had found his soul and light within earlier, instead of resorting to medicines etc. May he RIP.

So remember – ‘how you think’ or rather ‘choosing what to think about’ determines your state of mind for the better or worse and in turn has a butterfly effect on what you feel, experience, go through etc. Hence, choose thoughts wisely. Keep it positive and light.

Find joy in the simple things, admire nature, beauty and don’t let trivial, unnecessary thoughts or emotions bring you down – remember they are all just chemical reactions inside of you.

Let them go.

Or meditate more and feel that peace inside you.

I hope this helps you and opens your eyes to the fact that there is light within all of us, and the angle of how we look at things determines a lot about ourselves and our experiences in life.

Find peace.

Find good states of mind.

Find that plateau.

Shanti. Shanti. Shanti.

Which is sanskrit for ‘Peace’.

It ‘s also incidentally my mother’s first name – so like I always tell my little sister, “We are literally the children of peace”

Take care.


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