An inspiring look at how to avoid misery through other-centered awareness

By Abraham Piper

In a 2005 commencement speech which has here been turned into a poignant little film, David Foster Wallace urges graduating seniors of Kenyon College to escape the self-focused interpretation of reality that we all default to — “the automatic way that [we] experience the boring, frustrating, crowded parts of adult life” — and to instead consciously perceive a reality where everyone else is as important as ourselves…