JK Rowling’s commencement speech at Harvard

You can watch the video or read the transcript here.

I read the transcript to save some time. It is wonderful. I haven’t read any Harry Potter books and have only seen a few movies. I was not a fan of hers before this, but I am now.

Folks, we live in turbulent times. There is much to celebrate, much over which to rejoice. But there is also much evil in this world and there are people and forces who wish to lead us down roads we should not travel. Her speech reminded me of such an important point: if we wish to change the world, we must first be the change ourselves we wish to see. We cannot hope with any credibility or substance for a world with integrity and honesty if we do not live this way ourselves. In all your dealings, with others and with yourself, be what you wish the world to be. Now we are human, we all fall short of the mark. I do so daily, hourly. But try.

So check out her speech, it will be time well invested.

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