Barack Obama: commencement speech to the graduates (2020)

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Barak Obama

 

Excerpts:

  • Graduation is a big achievement under any circumstances, yours comes as the world is turned upside down.
  • <…> be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.
  • Democracy isn’t about relying on some charismatic leader to make changes from on high. It’s about finding hope in ourselves, and creating it in others. Especially in a time like this. You don’t always need hope when everything’s going fine. It’s when things seem darkest — that’s when you need it the most.
  • Reading only news and opinions that reinforce our own biases and start canceling everything else out; we let opinion masquerade as fact and treat even the wildest conspiracy theories as worthy of consideration. And the irony is that usually the people who are peddling falsehoods on the Internet or social media are doing so for their own purposes — either to sell you something or to distract you from the real issues that matter.
  • Make it mean something. And keep making us proud.

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