Life is a puzzle; we are the clues, and God is the answer.
I stumbled upon a video of JK Rowling’s commencement speech at Harvard University. JK Rowling is the creator of the Harry P otter series, which is among my favorite books. I find her speech very inspiring, so I am featuring it here.
Here are the parts of her speech I love:
“There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.”
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.”
“Life is difficult, and complicated, and beyond anyone’s total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes.”
“Those who choose not to empathize may enable real monsters. For without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves, we collude with it, through our own apathy.”
“If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful, but with the powerless; if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped transform for the better. We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”
What do you think of her speech? Is there a part of it that moved you?
[PS: I am doing a reflection/review based on her speech. But I am not posting it yet. It’s not yet done.]