A Daily Disgust Hero: The “You’re not special” speech guy

There has been lots of coverage in the last few weeks about the graduation speech given at Wellsley High School by David McCullough  telling graduates that they’re not special.  I can’t agree enough–this is the message that all of Americans need to hear.

We are not special.  We do not deserve to use an exorbitant amount of the earths resources while shitting on the environment that we all share.  We do not “deserve” a piece a cake.  We are no better than the poor schmucks who had the poor foresight to be born into third world poverty.  Our “freedoms” are not justification for the killing of thousands around the globe.

McCullough did end his speech with a message of hope:

“Exercise free will and creative, independent thought not for the satisfactions they will bring you, but for the good they will do others, the rest of the 6.8 billion – and those who will follow them. And then you too will discover the great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself. The sweetest joys of life, then, come only with the recognition that you’re not special. Because everyone is.”

I’ve long talked about making a “You’re not special” bumper sticker.  Now I wish I had and that I had them for sale!  Off to CafePress, I guess.

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