The Earth is hiring

June 1, 2009 at 2:00 am 2 comments

I sure wish I was in the Class of 2009 at the University of Portland. The commencement address was delivered by Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist and author. I want you to read the full speech – you will be inspired!  I am sure many of the students present will go on to consider careers that will help make this planet a better place to live on after hearing this speech.

Here are some snippets:

  • “There is invisible writing on the back of the diploma you will receive, and in case you didn’t bring lemon juice to decode it, I can tell you what it says: You are Brilliant, and the Earth is Hiring. The earth couldn’t afford to send recruiters or limos to your school. It sent you rain, sunsets, ripe cherries, night blooming jasmine, and that unbelievably cute person you are dating. Take the hint. And here’s the deal: Forget that this task of planet-saving is not possible in the time required. Don’t be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done.”
  • “Ralph Waldo Emerson once asked what we would do if the stars only came out once every thousand years. No one would sleep that night, of course. The world would create new religions overnight. We would be ecstatic, delirious, made rapturous by the glory of God. Instead, the stars come out every night and we watch television.”

Damn, I wish I’d written this speech!!

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paris  |  June 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    “, the stars come out every night and we watch television.”
    Unfortunately that’s untrue on my corner of the planet.
    Eletric bulbs are lightning night sky, so stars are already dead over here, and people go to theatre, movie, opera and dance club.

  • 2. thinkingshift  |  June 1, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Paris, I’ve missed you…where have you been?! Stars already dead over there? yep, happening here too in the bright lights of the city. I remember being in Africa once and I couldn’t believe the night sky…millions of twinkling stars.


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