Tagged: George Saunders

“What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness”

So here’s something I know to be true, although it’s a little corny, and I don’t quite know what to do with it:

What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. 

Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded…sensibly.  Reservedly.  Mildly.

Or, to look at it from the other end of the telescope:  Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth?

Those who were kindest to you, I bet.

George Saunders delivered the convocation address at Syracuse University earlier this year. A transcript of his speech was posted online by the New York Times this week, and while I am a couple of days late in sharing it, I wanted to make sure I posted it in case anyone reading this site hasn’t seen it yet.

Also, via the folks at Syracuse.com, here is a video of the speech: