25 January 2010

On cynicism & hard work

Last Thursday and Friday we read Romeo & Juliet. Meanwhile, I'm in the process of grading the accumulated work of the semester.

We went through some more of Act II in Macbeth. Things pick up big time in this act. Make sure you're paying attention because while some texts may discuss the ideas of the thematic dichotomies, they rarely identify them as such.

Finally, Conan O'Brien's farewell address on the Tonight Show last Friday was pretty inspiring. I'm writing this on Monday morning, but I'll edit the post later to include video of it. In the meantime, here's a transcript of what he said.
"Every comedian dreams of hosting the Tonight Show and—for seven months—I got to. I did it my way, with people I love, and I do not regret a second [of it] ... All I ask is one thing, and I'm asking this particularly of young people that watch: Please do not be cynical. I hate cynicism, for the record it's my least favorite quality. It doesn't lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen."
Good stuff, right? I can't say I always live by it, but it is something I extol to others in the hope of seeing more people express optimism in the face of crushing defeat.

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