Last week, my wonderful colleague and friend, PCR, or Royji as I call him, shared an interesting piece: a commencement address by Adrian Tan, author of The Teenage Textbook (1988); he was the guest-of-honour at a NTU convocation ceremony where he delivered a speech, titled "Don’t work. Be hated. Love someone.", to the graduating class of 2008.
Here are a couple of excerpts from the speech:
Marriage is considered one milestone of life. Some of you may already be married. Some of you may never be married. Some of you will be married. Some of you will enjoy the experience so much, you will be married many, many times. Good for you.
You’ve probably been told the big lie that “Learning is a lifelong process” and that therefore you will continue studying and taking masters’ degrees and doctorates and professorships and so on. You know the sort of people who tell you that? Teachers. Don’t you think there is some measure of conflict of interest? They are in the business of learning, after all. Where would they be without you? They need you to be repeat customers.
The good news is that they’re wrong. (End of excerpt)Go read the complete speech here. Trust me this will easily become one of your best reads.