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Wednesday, June 21, 2006


Say "yes"

An excerpt from a commencement speech that Steven Colbert gave at Knox College earlier this month:
Will saying “yes” lead you to doing some foolish things? Yes it will. But don’t be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying “yes” begins things. Saying “yes” is how things grow. Saying “yes” leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say “yes.”
Read the full speech.

I love the "skulls are all plump, like sausage of knowledge" line.

Also, catch the subtle contradiction... "say yes, etc.", then ending with "being pre-approved for a credit card does not mean you have to apply for it". Come on youth of America, if you don't waste all your disposable income on junk and finance charges, the economy will collapse! Say yes to high interest rates! :)
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