“But of course there are all different kinds of freedom, and the kind that is most precious you will not hear much talked about in the great outside world of winning and achieving and displaying. The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. That is real freedom.”
David Foster Wallace
Thanks, M, for posting the audio and reminding me that I have this commencement address bookmarked. This is one of my favorite Very Important Things™ (though there are many others) that appears in that speech.