This is water

Commander Chris Hadfield wasn’t the only one tearing up the Internet this past week.  American author, David Foster Wallace’s 2005 commencement address to Kenyon College, a private liberal arts college in Ohio has received 4.5 million views since an abridged version was posted on May 6, 2013, five years after Foster Wallace’s death from suicide as a result of depression.

The content of the video, This is Water, abridged from the original 22 minutes, explores the huge amounts of time we spend dealing with “boredom, routine and petty frustration.”  He speaks about how our choices in processing that time can bring us closer to being at peace.  It’s great to hear Foster Wallace’s voice.

The Glossary, a small Los-Angeles-based production company, produced the cinematic adaption of his speech.  The Glossary’s Matthew Freidell who directed, and Allison Freidell and Jeremy Dunning who produced said, “Our main goal was to expose people to the content of the speech. But as members of a generation that is often referred to as ‘generation me,’ we felt like this message actually changed the way we thought about life in a way that went beyond the typical cliched advice into something actually useful.”

Nicely done says Your Working Girl.

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