"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."Life is full of impossible things, such as writing the number 6 while rotating your foot clockwise. Or, say, moving to Australia. Changing the way you perceive things may be a lot easier. The goal may not be to spend your life pursuing happiness, but creating it, instead. There’s an old quote often mis-attributed to John Lennon. As it goes, a young boy receives an assignment at school. What do you want to be when you grow up? The boy writes down: Happy. The teacher calls the young boy up to the front of the class and tells him he misunderstood the assignment. The young boy, with a wisdom way beyond his years, replies: You misunderstand life. In the current climate, we all need to find our own way to adapt and overcome these obstacles. In this article, we take a look at a few ways people go about in their search for happiness.
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“There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says: Morning boys. How’s the water? And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, what the hell is water?”In 2005, David Foster Wallace delivered what is widely regarded as the greatest commencement address of all time at the Kenyon College. He opened with the above story of two young fish. Wallace goes on to explain that the point of the fish story is merely that the most obvious, important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about.
The point of the speech was, of course, to reveal that “real value of a real education has nothing to do with knowledge” and everything to do with “simple awareness.”Awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, all the time, that we have to keep reminding ourselves, over and over: This is water. This is water. This awareness can be applied not only to education, but simply existing itself. How to perceive others, think about meaning and act appropriately in everyday life. The subjects of the speech cover the difficulty of empathy, the importance of being well-adjusted and the essential lonesomeness of adult life. Watch the video, made by The Glossary, below.
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