Reckoning With Torture Panel  - 2011 Sundance Film Festival

Kindly, Speak Up

Sometimes we wish we were back in college – if only to hear the amazing speech given by short story master George Saunders to Syracuse University's graduating class of 2013. Here's one of our favorite passages:

Do all the other things, the ambitious things – travel, get rich, get famous, innovate, lead, fall in love, make and lose fortunes, swim naked in wild jungle rivers (after first having it tested for monkey poop) – but as you do, to the extent that you can, err in the direction of kindness.

Thanks to the New York Times, the speech has deservedly gone viral, and if you haven't read it in full, go here.


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