Congratulations, By the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness
Three months after George Saunders gave a graduation address at Syracuse University, a transcript of that speech was posted on the website of The New York Times, where its simple, uplifting message struck a deep chord. Within days, it had been shared more than one million times. Why? Because Saunders’s words tap into a desire in all of us to lead k ...more
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My oldest son will graduate from college on Saturday. I'll sit and watch and try not to cry. The kid who once ate the dog food the dog didn't want will have a degree in philosophy. What he will do with that degree is anyone's guess. I like to joke that his job will involve knowing the difference between a Grande and a Venti, but who knows? As his adviser swears, my son can write and he can think, and that puts him ah ...more
This was the perfect book to read on January 1st.
This commencement speech by George Saunders is about the importance of being kind, which is something I am aware of, I know other people do it, but it's not something I exercise often in my life. Yes, I am kind to my loved ones and my dear friends, and I am polite and courteous to people I encounter, but I don't feel like I am kind. Instea ...more
Anyway, this is a feel good book and in movie form, "Pay it Forward."
Recently I read something about Saunders giving this address on kindness to a graduating college class. I did not go looking for the book but when I read the cover and back, I knew it was that book.
Thanks to my mother, I'm a ...more
The central message is very simple - try to be kinder - but the sentiment is delivered so eloquently and memorably that it is something I will carry with me and mull over from time to time. An instant classic, much li ...more
I'm happy to say there was no disapointment here.
In the same vein as David Foster Walace's "This is Water" George Saunders asks us to consider kindness. The illustrations of light bursting, and expanding as if in a heavenly constellation, add warmth and imagination to the idea that kindness grows in ...more
Favorite quotation: "That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality - your soul, if you will - is as bright and shining as any that has ever been. Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret, luminous place. Believe that it exists, come to know ...more
This was actually a graduation speech that ended up getting published.
The message here is simple -- Be Kind. It is about not only being kind, but how important it is to not miss opportunities to show kindness and it doesn't have to be a huge display. Sometimes the timing isn't always perfect to show kindness and can even be uncomfortable at times especially when going against the main stream. This was a good reminder and inspiring because through small acts, big things ...more
Lettura piacevole, soprattutto per il saggio perché il discorso, diciamocelo, è certamente d'ispirazione e probabilmente anche anomalo, con la sua esortazione alla genti ...more
"Do those things that incline you toward the big questions, and avoid the things that would reduce you and make you trivial. " I've been realizing lately that there isn't enough time to do all the good things in l ...more
This book is, verbatim, Saunders's graduation speech for Syracuse University. He bares his past and talks about a time in his life where he ...more
It was very moving and funny so I enjoyed it. And I do believe the world could use more kindness. For me personally though the message didn't feel applicable. Of all the th ...more
This short book contains the text of that address. In it, Mr. Saunders conveys his thoughts on what graduates should keep in mind wh ...more
The ebook has this weird two-page-chapter thing going on, where one page of every chapter is a starfield image. I'm sure in the print version it was lovely, but in the ebook it was kind of clunky. I knocked off a star for this presentation issue.
"Err on the side of kindness" is in general very good advice.
However, if you have become accustomed to people mistreating each other as a matter of course, and the mistreaters feeling entitled to "kindness" in the form ...more
I supposed the book might make a nice little gift for a graduate in y ...more
And I'll say when you need a little push, I sa ...more