I was moved immensely by David Foster Wallace’s Commencement Speech “This Is Water” to Kenyon College class of 2005. I recommend you to listen to this great thinker. Rest in piece DFW.
“The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and do sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day.”
“That is real freedom. That is being educated, and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing.”