I am absolutely in love with this speech. The message is so clear and succinct, while he also manages to inject relevant, yet not terribly offensive humor into it and still stay on topic.
I also love that he can cover so many different points without making any one point take priority over others. Meanwhile the quantity of topics covered also doesn't dilute the strength of each. I find that really remarkable.
He sums it up so nicely right in the middle:
"I have told you that your life is over, that you should not work, and that you should avoid telling the truth. I now say this to you: be hated."
I still put it into Instapaper, though.
"I’m here to tell you this. Forget about your life expectancy.
After all, it’s calculated based on an average. And you never, ever want to expect being average."
Of course I'm nitpicking though. His point is that you shouldn't aspire to averageness, and overall it's a great speech.
I always thought being liked by everyone should be my goal. After reading this, I realized that being hated is is even better.
A refreshing read indeed.
Always loved a similar quote by Thoreau:
"This spending of the best part of one's life earning money in order to enjoy a questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it reminds me of the Englishman who went to India to make a fortune first, in order that he might return to England and live the life of a poet. He should have gone up the garret at once."
" It far easier to find a reason not to love someone, than otherwise. Rejection requires only one reason. Love requires complete acceptance. It is hard work – the only kind of work that I find palatable."
(The Anna Karenina principle, in other words.)
'All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.'
The Anna Karenina principle was popularized by Jared Diamond in his book Guns, Germs and Steel to describe an endeavor in which a deficiency in any one of a number of factors dooms it to failure. Consequently, a successful endeavor (subject to this principle) is one in which every last one of the possible deficiencies has been avoided.