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Being Kind – George Saunders Commencement Speech

George Saunders, one of my favorite authors and seriously one of the most decent, good people around, has delivered the loveliest commencement speech I think I’ve ever heard/read/heard of. It’ll go right next to David Foster Wallace’s This is Water for me.

Read it here.

In short, it says “Let’s be kinder to each other.”

But of course Saunders can and does say it in a way that nobody else could.

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  • Cat Ransom August 2, 2013, 6:57 pm

    Dear Josh,
    Thank you for sharing this gem. Such good advice to us all. “Kindness” is so underrated. Americans are loosing this simple virtue. Let’s hope this starts a movement! c. 😉

  • cj August 10, 2013, 2:17 pm

    Dear Mr Josh,
    Thanks for being kind in public. and also for your examples of how assertiveness works without being mean. … ’cause I’ll be using some of your ideas…
    I read your first book a couple of weeks ago. It was like having an ongoing conversation with a great neighbor.
    Thanks also, for posting this speech by Mr. Saunders. His description of ‘Ellen’ was so close to being me that I was jolted in my public library chair. Fairly certain Mr. Saunders and I didn’t go to school together. It’s nice to realize that maybe, just maybe, some of the kids in school had nice thoughts about me even if I didn’t know how to reach out to them. How cool.

    anyway …thanks from a new fan. cj

    • Josh Hanagarne August 10, 2013, 2:33 pm

      You are so welcome, and thanks for being here.