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Reality Bites: You are Not Special

“And your ceremonial costume; shapeless, uniform, one size fits all. Whether male or female, tall or short, scholar or slacker, spray tanned prom queen or intergalactic X-Box assassin, each of you is dressed—you’ll notice—exactly the same. And your diploma, but for your name, exactly the same. All of this is as it should be because…you are not special.”

And so goes one of the most brutally honest commencement speeches we have ever heard. Looking past his sexist charged jokes around marriage at the beginning, this high school English teacher launches into one of the most jaw dropping tirades in the history of high school commencement ceremonies.

“From this day forward, truly, in sickness and in health, through financial fiascoes, through mid life crises and passively attractive sales reps at trade shows in Cincinnati, through diminishing tolerance for annoyingness, through every difference irreconcilable and otherwise, you will stay forever graduated from high school.”

What do you think? Did he get it right?

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