John Green’s commencement address at Butler University
“You’ve probably figured out by now that education isn’t really about grades, or getting a job: it’s primarily about becoming a more aware and engaged observer of the universe, and if that ends with college you’re rather wasting your one and only known chance at consciousness.”
I watched Across the Universe for the bazillionth time tonight and for some inexplicable, shameful reason I totally forgot about this sequence; and it is so damn good (and depressing).
‘It’s about fear. You know? They’re all throbbing with fear. We all are… Bits of it floating in the air… it’s like dust. You walk about and don’t see it, don’t notice it, but it’s there and it’s all coming down, covering everything. You’re breathing it in. You touch it. You drink it. You eat it. But it’s so fine you don’t notice it. But you’re covered in it. It’s everywhere. What I mean is, we’re afraid. Just stand still for an instant and there it is, this fear, covering our faces and tongues. If we stopped to take account of it, we’d just fall into despair. But we can’t stop. We’ve got to keep going.’
‘I don’t know - that’s my problem.’
I really hope Berkeley is offering a Care of Magical Creatures course next semester. #getmeahippogriff
So the most positive thing that’s come out of finals week so far has been the conviction that if I’m going to procrastinate on studying it may as well at least be productive, hence my having just sorted and cleared out literally two years’ worth of work/school/life documents in my desk drawers.