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by Kevin Coupe

While it happened a couple of months ago, the New York Times had a piece over the weekend about the commencement speech given by writer George Saunders at Syracuse University this year.

"Down through the ages," Saunders began, "a traditional form has evolved for this type of speech, which is: Some old fart, his best years behind him, who, over the course of his life, has made a series of dreadful mistakes (that would be me), gives heartfelt advice to a group of shining, energetic young people, with all of their best years ahead of them (that would be you). And I intend to respect that tradition."

But then, Saunders give sone of the best commencement speeches that I've ever read, by focusing on the importance of kindness.

An excerpt:

" Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth? Those who were kindest to you, I bet.

"It’s a little facile, maybe, and certainly hard to implement, but I’d say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder."

It won't take you more than a few minutes to read this. I heartily recommend it.

You can read it here.

It is, in fact, an Eye-Opener.
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