Five Great Speeches Well Worth A Listen

Five inspirational lectures to provide food for those thoughts.


Tim Minchin addresses University Graduates

Tim Minchin addresses graduates at the University of Western Australia (2013) where he was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree (11:23).

“I have, in the past, made important decisions about people I work with – agents and producers – based largely on how they treat wait staff in restaurants. I don’t care if you’re the most powerful cat in the room, I will judge you on how you treat the least powerful. So there.” – Tim Minchin

Noam Chomsky: The responsibility of privilege

The message that those who have privilege have a greater responsibility to others than those who don’t have such privilege is a salient one in times of greater resource shortages.

“Control of thought is more important for governments that are free and popular than for despotic and military states. The logic is straightforward: a despotic state can control its domestic enemies by force, but as the state loses this weapon, other devices are required to prevent the ignorant masses from interfering with public affairs, which are none of their business…the public are to be observers, not participants, consumers of ideology as well as products.” – Noam Chomsky, from article ” Force and Opinion” in Z Magazine (1991)”

Alan Watts on Money and Happiness

The late English philosopher Alan Watts gives some thoughts on the relationship between money and happiness in life. He stresses the importance of really evaluating the meaning of money and wealth. He also offers some ideas on freedom and the courage to make mistakes. Half an hour long (28:10), but worth it.

“What I am really saying is that you don’t need to do anything, because if you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomenon of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars, and the form of a galaxy. You are all just like that, and there is nothing wrong with you at all.”
― Alan Watts

Terence McKenna on Culture

The great bard and multi-domain thinker Terence McKenna offers a cross-section of his thoughts on culture, ideology, evolution, free trade, democracy, capitalism. Another worthwhile thirty minutes.

“We have been robbed of our birthright by the frightened, the constipated, the stupid, the narrow-minded, and the afraid. Take back your mind!” – Terence McKenna.

John Cleese on Creatiivitiy (1991)
It’s fairly long at just under forty minutes but worth it, especially if you are searching for some practical ways to help yourself generate some creative energy.

“If you have a decision to make, what is the single most important question to ask yourself? I believe it’s ‘when does this decision have to be made’? When most of us have a problem that’s a little bit unresolved, we’re a little bit uncomfortable. We want to resolve it. The creative architects had this tolerance for this discomfort we all feel when we leave things unresolved.” – John Cleese

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