Thursday, June 07, 2012
I recently enjoyed reading something so extraordinary, so singular, that I feel an overwhelming need to bring it to your attention. It is the commencement address given by a high school English teacher, David McCullough, to the class of 2012 at Wellesley High School.
I would give my left nut to have written this.
(Statements such as the above are sometimes said in haste and don't truly reflect the sincerity of the person saying it - especially if it's a woman - but I mean it. It is good enough to cost one, so long as I have two.)
Please do yourself a favor and set aside a few minutes to read this amazing piece of literature.
You Are Not Special
(I should note that the public reaction to Mr. McCullough's speech has not universally matched my reaction. While it seems, from my perspective, that a majority appreciate his words, there are some lackluster individuals, without a sense of humor nor particularly efficient reading comprehension, who have said unkind things concerning him. It should go without saying, but I feel the need to say it, anyway, just in case I can save you some grief: those people are dolts and should be avoided at all costs. They will drain delight from your life as surely as David Ortiz removes medium-speed fastballs down the middle from Fenway.)
Soon, With Something Else (But It Won't Be Better, I Assure You.)