Monday, February 08, 2010

97. Failure and Imagination

Got this video from Crinid this morning. Quite inspirational. J.K. Rowling is  speaking at the Harvard Commencement and does a fabulous job of speaking to what is quite possibly a very aristocratic audience about the realities of failure and the need for imagination.

J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.

After listening to this I was moved by her ideas about being able to inhabit the realities of other people through our imagination. I think this is at the heart of what compassion is. She has a great line about people who live within their own narrow interests develop a sense of acrophobia, a sense of spinning around that is often evoked when looking down from high places.

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