Optimism. Catch it.
Editor’s note: Fareed Zakaria recently delivered the commencement address at Harvard. While the audience was graduates, the message could apply to a great many of us, so we’ve reprinted a modified version below.
By Fareed Zakaria
The best commencement speech I ever read was by the humorist Art Buchwald. He was brief, saying simply, “Remember, we are leaving you a perfect world. Don’t screw it up.”
You are not going to hear that message much these days. Instead, you’re likely to hear that we are living through grim economic times, that the graduates are entering the slowest recovery since the Great Depression. The worries are not just economic. Ever since 9/11, we have lived in an age of terror, and our lives remain altered by the fears of future attacks and a future of new threats and dangers. Then there are larger concerns that you hear about: The Earth…
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“Give the Drumma Sum, No Ma Really, Give the Drumma Sum.”
Zeb, The Drumma, is killin’ the set!
My dreams tend to leak out of my eye lids when I wake. I finger paint them into thin air, as they breathe in “what is yet to be” and exhale “what is sure to come”. Drips of blood, sweat, and tears are swirled with opportunity persistence and dedication. Passionate focus helps to keep the sight of imagination framed and expanding; a paradox.
My eyes are vessels that rest on the tangent of the undiscovered and the given atmosphere. The apparitions swim in the liquid that flushes them out that of world below. Breaching the surface, they sprout limbs, close their gills and sprint into the distance, leaving footprints as a path for the generation behind him. Each following steps behind the original, changing orientation accordingly.
Ever growing; ever flourishing.
When ever the spirit writhes the tongue to
Vibrate eclectic rhythmic patterns that translate
Symphonies are conducted.
Drums echo in boisterous retaliation
As they approach the entrance
Breaching, to exist.
The notes dance in and out of the cultural patterns
Unique to ancestry and spiritual lineage
The acoustic tapestry buds the conceived notion of
With that a price tag and disclaimer describing
The struggle, the absolute isolation, and intense tax
That is levied on your production
Distracting and Destroying the Organic Nature of
Let your speech, song, and scribbles
be drenched in and bleed with a passion
a definite and uniquely attributed passion
that is alive
that is who you are.
In Agreement. A very profound look at the Issue of Disenfranchised Minorities. I.E. Women and Homosexuals.
This was a speech given August 15 1970 by Huey Newton co-founder of the Black Panther Party..here he addresses the issue of Gay Rights… Its serious food for thought coming in the aftermath of President Obama endorsing Same-sex Message…
During the past few years strong movements have developed among women and among homosexuals seeking their liberation. There has been some
uncertainty about how to relate to these movements.
Whatever your personal opinions and your insecurities about
homosexuality and the various liberation movements among homosexuals
and women (and I speak of the homosexuals and women as oppressed
groups), we should try to unite with them in a revolutionary fashion.
I say ” whatever your insecurities are” because as we very well know,
sometimes our first instinct is to want to hit a homosexual in the
mouth, and want a woman to be quiet. We want to hit a homosexual in
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