You Are Not Special Commencement Speech

A great commencement speeches. A beautiful and comical reminder that the self is not the center of our world. “Climb a mountain so that you can see the world, not so that the world can see you”, ” … you will discover the great and curious truth of the human experience that selflessness is the best thing that you can do to yourself.”

Socially-accepted levels of insanity

I have thought for some time about the idea of socially accepted insanity, which I think plagues the society in which I live. However, I hadn’t heard anyone put it into words. I don’t agree that having a level of fear of the unknown is insane, but I just like to hear this man say the words: “socially accepted levels of insanity”.

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

This speech is certainly Steve Jobs’ most profound and beautiful presentation. It is one of the rare and long orations given by him that is about life rather than technology. His perspective on death inspired me when I first heard this for the first time a few years ago.

“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am going to do today?. And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something”

Myth of the Rational Voter

Bryan Caplan helps us understand the mechanics of a democratic system.This talk is a brilliant introduction to understanding the mechanism at play in an election and how people vote. As per most complex ideas, it doesn’t fit in a single powerpoint slide, basically, if you  want to learn something fundamental, you need to spend 50 minutes of your life on this video. Luckily, Mr Caplan’s sense of humor makes this clip a lot more pleasant than it otherwise could be.

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