Not sure who the fuck David McCullough Jr. is but the commencement speech he gave at Wellesley high school last week perfectly sums up the problems with the kids today.
They are so used to being coddled and told everything is great that their egos are the size of Godzilla while their talents are the size of a salamander. It’s nice to feel good, but when you’re told everything you do is wonderful, you have a nervous breakdown when reality says otherwise. Watching the liberals try to handle Scott Walker winning the recall in Wisconsin is a good example of this, especially this chick.
Here are the best 10 quotes from McCullough’s speech…
1- “Whether male or female, tall or short, scholar or slacker, spray-tanned prom queen or intergalactic X-Box assassin, each of you is dressed, you’ll notice, exactly the same. And your diploma… but for your name, exactly the same. All of this is as it should be, because none of you is special.”
2- “Absolutely, smiles ignite when you walk into a room, and hundreds gasp with delight at your every Tweet. …But do not get the idea you’re anything special. Because you’re not.”
3- “Across the country no fewer than 3.2 million seniors are graduating about now from more than 37,000 high schools. That’s 37,000 valedictorians… that’s 37,000 class presidents… 92,000 harmonizing altos… 340,000 swaggering jocks… 2,185,967 pairs of Uggs.”
4- “You see, if everyone is special, then no one is.”
5- “By definition – by definition there can be only one best. You’re it or you’re not.”
6- “The fulfilling life, the distinctive life, the relevant life, is an achievement, not something that will fall into your lap because you’re a nice person or mommy ordered it from the caterer.”
7- “Now, before you dash off and get your YOLO tattoo, ah let me point out the illogic of that trendy little expression–because you can and should live not merely once, but every day of your life.”
8- ”Go to Paris to be in Paris, not to cross it off your list and congratulate yourself for being worldly.”
9- ”The sweetest joys of life, then, come only with the recognition that you’re not special.”
10- “Congratulations. Good luck. Make for yourselves, please, for your sake and for ours, extraordinary lives.”