Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Whedon: "Listen to the Dissent in Yourself"

When I graduated from Columbia College in Chicago eleven years ago, actor Alan Arkin delivered the commencement address. That, in and of itself, is exciting and pretty cool, but unfortunately I have no recollection of anything he said. None. Zero. I'd like to think that's less a reflection on Mr. Arkin's ability to turn a phrase, and more an indicator of my in-the-moment spaciness as I sat on the cusp of clutching my diploma (which I didn't actually end up getting for another eight months. Long story).

Anyway, my point is that ever since then, while I've forgotten the words of wisdom from my own commencement, I try to take what I can from others, living vicariously through the grads who get to hear various luminaries I admire exhort them to greatness. Last year I posted speeches from Aaron Sorkin and Neil Gaiman, and now I present this address by Avengers helmer Joss Whedon, who spoke last weekend at Connecticut's Wesleyan University. In addition to the usual Whedon-esque wordsmithery we've come to expect, there are some profound points to be had. Check out the vid below, and read the transcript here.

(Source: Wesleyan Connection)

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