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Is this adult life?

At Aaron Swartz's memorial service, the Kenyon College commencement speech This Is Water was read, because DFW was one of Aaron's favorite thinkers. When I shared This Is Water at that time online with a high school student who sounded very much like the default DFW described in his speech, describing herself as unique at school among a sea of mindless drones, an older woman was aghast that I would share this work. Her position was that young people should not hear such a message, as they should consider themselves above and better than all those (presumably) average people around them.

Should young people hear a message like DFW's, or does it discourage them from believing they can do better than this?

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    May 24 2013: Is it just me or has the video been removed?
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      May 24 2013: I guess it disappeared.
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        May 24 2013: So, I guess you need to edit your Question? I suggest you plug in the part 1 and 2 of David's Speech so eveyone can hear what he said. It would support your Question, as to weither or not children would be inspired by such candor and self-introspection. I believe High school (people) would be interested.
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      May 24 2013: You complained about it and they listened?
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        May 24 2013: Touch me. Actually, I suspect The New Yorker is behind it somehow. Bad Press and all that.

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