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2008年哈佛校长给本科毕业生的毕业演讲

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年哈佛校长给本科毕业生的毕业演讲BaccalaureateaddresstoClassofTheMemorialChurchCambridge,MassJune,AspreparedfordeliveryInthecuriouscustomofthisvenerableinstitution,IfindmyselfstandingbeforeyouexpectedtoimpartwordsoflastingwisdomHereIaminapulpit,dressedlikeaPuritanministeranapparitionthatwouldhavehorrifiedmanyofmydistinguishedforebearsandperhapsrededicatedsomeofthemtotheextirpationofwitchesThismomentwouldhavepropelledIncreaseandCottonintoatrue“Matherlather”ButhereIamandthereyouareanditisthemomentofandforVeritasYouhavebeenundergraduatesforfouryearsIhavebeenpresidentfornotquiteoneYouhaveknownthreepresidentsIoneseniorclassWherethenliesthevoiceofexperienceMaybeyoushouldbeofferingthewisdomPerhapsourrolescouldbereversedandIcould,inHarvardLawSchoolstyle,docoldcallsforthenexthourorsoWealldoseemtohavemadeittothispointmoreorlessinonepieceThoughIrecentlylearnedthatwehavenotprovidedyouwithdinnersinceMayIknowweneedtoweanyoufromHarvardinafigurativesenseIneverknewwetookitquitesoliterallyButlet’sreturntothatnotionofcoldcallsforamomentLet’simaginethiswereabaccalaureateserviceintheformofQA,andyouwereaskingthequestions“Whatisthemeaningoflife,PresidentFaustWhatwerethesefouryearsatHarvardforPresidentFaust,youmusthavelearnedsomethingsinceyougraduatedfromcollegeexactlyyearsago”(FortyyearsI’llsayitoutloudsinceeverydetailofmylifeandcertainlytheyearofmyBrynMawrdegreenowseemstobepubliclyavailableButpleaserememberIwasyoungformyclass)Inaway,youhavebeenengagingmeinthisQAforthepastyearOnjustthesequestions,althoughyouhavephrasedthemabitmorenarrowlyAndIhavebeentryingtofigureouthowImightanswerand,perhapsmoreintriguingly,whyyouwereaskingLetmeexplainItactuallybeganwhenImetwiththeUCjustaftermyappointmentwasannouncedinthewinterofThenthequestionscontinuedwhenIhadlunchatKirklandHouse,dinneratLeverett,whenImetwithstudentsinmyofficehours,evenwithsomerecentgraduatesIencounteredabroadThefirstthingyouaskedmeaboutwasn’tthecurriculumoradvisingorfacultycontactorevenstudentspaceInfact,itwasn’tevenalcoholpolicyInstead,yourepeatedlyaskedme:WhyaresomanyofusgoingtoWallStreetWhyarewegoinginsuchnumbersfromHarvardtofinance,consulting,ibankingThereareanumberofwaystothinkaboutthisquestionandhowtoansweritThereistheWillieSuttonapproachYoumayknowthatwhenhewasaskedwhyherobbedbanks,hereplied,“Becausethat’swherethemoneyis”ProfessorsClaudiaGoldinandLarryKatz,whommanyofyouhaveencounteredinyoureconomicsconcentration,offeranotdissimilaranswerbasedontheirstudyofstudentcareerchoicessincetheseventiesTheyfinditnotablethat,giventheveryhighpecuniaryrewardsinfinance,manystudentsnonethelessstillchoosetodosomethingelseIndeed,ofyouhavesignedonwithTeachforAmericaoneofyouwilldancetangoandworkindancetherapyinArgentinaanotherwillbeengagedinagriculturaldevelopmentinKenyaanother,withanhonorsdegreeinmath,willstudypoetryanotherwilltrainasapilotwiththeUSAFanotherwillworktocombatbreastcancerNumbersofyouwillgotolawschool,medicalschool,andgraduateschoolBut,consistentwiththepatternGoldinandKatzhavedocumented,aconsiderablenumberofyouareselectingfinanceandconsultingTheCrimson’ssurveyoflastyear’sclassreportedthatpercentofmenandpercentofwomenenteringtheworkforcemadethischoiceThisyear,eveninchallengingeconomictimes,thefigureispercentHighsalaries,theallbutirresistiblerecruitingjuggernaut,thereassuranceformanyofyouthatyouwillbeinNewYorkworkingandlivingandenjoyinglifealongsideyourfriends,thepromiseofinterestingworktherearelotsofwaystoexplainthesechoicesForsomeofyou,itisacommitmentforonlyayearortwoinanycaseOthersbelievetheywillbestbeabletodogoodbyfirstdoingwellYet,youaskmewhyyouarefollowingthispathIfindmyselfinsomewayslessinterestedinansweringyourquestionthaninfiguringoutwhyyouareposingitIfProfessorsGoldinandKatzhaveitrightiffinanceisindeedthe“rationalchoice,”whydoyoukeepraisingthisissuewithmeWhydoesthisseeminglyrationalchoicestrikeanumberofyouasnotunderstandable,asnotentirelyrational,asinsomesenselessafreechoicethanacompulsionornecessityWhydoesthisseemtobetroublingsomanyofyouYouareaskingme,Ithink,aboutthemeaningoflife,thoughyouhaveposedyourquestionincodeintermsoftheobservableandmeasurablephenomenonofseniorcareerchoiceratherthantheabstract,unfathomableandalmostembarrassingrealmofmetaphysicsTheMeaningofLifecapitalM,capitalLisaclichéeasiertodealwithastheironictitleofaMontyPythonmovieorthesubjectofaSimpsonsepisodethanasamatteraboutwhichonewoulddareadmittoharboringseriousconcernButlet’sforamomentabandonourHarvardsavoirfaire,ourimperturbability,ourpretenseofinvulnerability,andtrytofindthebeginningsofsomeanswerstoyourquestionIthinkyouareworriedbecauseyouwantyourlivesnotjusttobeconventionallysuccessful,buttobemeaningful,andyouarenotsurehowthosetwogoalsfittogetherYouarenotsureifagenerousstartingsalaryataprestigiousbrandnameorganizationtogetherwiththepromiseoffuturewealthwillfeedyoursoulWhyareyouworriedPartlyitisourfaultWehavetoldyoufromthemomentyouarrivedherethatyouwillbetheleadersresponsibleforthefuture,thatyouarethebestandthebrightestonwhomwewillalldepend,thatyouwillchangetheworldWehaveburdenedyouwithnosmallexpectationsAndyouhavealreadydoneremarkablethingstofulfillthem:yourdedicationtoservicedemonstratedinyourextracurricularengagements,yourconcernaboutthefutureoftheplanetexpressedinyourvigorouschampioningofsustainability,yourreinvigorationofAmericanpoliticsthroughengagementinthisyear’spresidentialcontestsButmanyofyouarenowwonderinghowthesecommitmentsfitwithacareerchoiceIsitnecessarytodecidebetweenremunerativeworkandmeaningfulworkIfitweretobeeitheror,whichwouldyouchooseIsthereawaytohavebothYouareaskingmeandyourselvesfundamentalquestionsaboutvalues,abouttryingtoreconcilepotentiallycompetinggoods,aboutrecognizingthatitmaynotbepossibletohaveitallYouareatamomentoftransitionthatrequiresmakingchoicesAndselectingoneoptionajob,acareer,agraduateprogrammeansnotselectingothersEverydecisionmeanslossaswellasgainpossibilitiesforegoneaswellaspossibilitiesembracedYourquestiontomeispartlyaboutthataboutlossofroadsnottakenFinance,WallStreet,“recruiting”havebecomethesymbolofthisdilemma,representingasetofissuesthatismuchbroaderanddeeperthanjustonecareerpathTheseareissuesthatinonewayoranotherwillatsomepointfaceyouallasyougraduatefrommedicalschoolandchooseaspecialtyfamilypracticeordermatology,asyoudecidewhethertouseyourlawdegreetoworkforacorporatefirmorasapublicdefender,asyoudecidewhethertostayinteachingafteryourtwoyearswithTFAYouareworriedbecauseyouwanttohavebothameaningfullifeandasuccessfuloneyouknowyouwereeducatedtomakeadifferencenotjustforyourself,foryourowncomfortandsatisfaction,butfortheworldaroundyouAndnowyouhavetofigureoutthewaytomakethatpossibleIthinkthereisasecondreasonyouareworriedrelatedtobutnotentirelydistinctfromthefirstYouwanttobehappyYouhaveflockedtocourseslike“PositivePsychology”Psychand“TheScienceofHappiness”insearchoftipsButhowdowefindhappinessIcanofferoneencouraginganswer:getolderTurnsoutthatsurveydatashowolderpeoplethatis,myagereportthemselveshappierthandoyoungeronesButperhapsyoudon’twanttowaitAsIhavelistenedtoyoutalkaboutthechoicesaheadofyou,Ihaveheardyouarticulateyourworriesabouttherelationshipofsuccessandhappinessperhaps,moreaccurately,howtodefinesuccesssothatityieldsandencompassesrealhappiness,notjustmoneyandprestigeThemostremunerativechoice,youfear,maynotbethemostmeaningfulandthemostsatisfyingButyouwonderhowyouwouldeversurviveasanartistoranactororapublicservantorahighschoolteacherHowwouldyoueverfigureoutapathbywhichtomakeyourwayinjournalismWouldyoueverfindajobasanEnglishprofessorafteryoufinishedwhoknowshowmanyyearsofgraduateschoolanddissertationwritingTheansweris:youwon’tknowtillyoutryButifyoudon’ttrytodowhatyoulovewhetheritispaintingorbiologyorfinanceifyoudon’tpursuewhatyouthinkwillbemostmeaningful,youwillregretitLifeislongThereisalwaystimeforPlanBButdon’tbeginwithitIthinkofthisasmyparkingspacetheoryofcareerchoice,andIhavebeensharingitwithstudentsfordecadesDon’tparkblocksfromyourdestinationbecauseyouthinkyou’llneverfindaspaceGowhereyouwanttobeandthencirclebacktowhereyouhavetobeYoumayloveinvestmentbankingorfinanceorconsultingItmightbejustrightforyouOr,youmightbeliketheseniorImetatlunchatKirklandwhohadjustreturnedfromaninterviewontheWestCoastwithaprestigiousconsultingfirm“WhyamIdoingthis”sheasked“Ihateflying,Ihatehotels,Iwon’tlikethisjob”FindworkyouloveItishardtobehappyifyouspendmorethanhalfyourwakinghoursdoingsomethingyoudon’tButwhatisultimatelymostimportanthereisthatyouareaskingthequestionnotjustofmebutofyourselvesYouarechoosingroadsandatthesametimechallengingyourownchoicesYouhaveanotionofwhatyouwantyourlifetobeandyouarenotsuretheroadyouaretakingisgoingtogetyouthereThisisthebestnewsAnditisalso,Ihope,tosomedegree,ourfaultNoticingyourlife,reflectinguponit,consideringhowyoucanliveitwell,wonderinghowyoucandogood:TheseareperhapsthemostvaluablethingsthataliberalartseducationhasequippedyoutodoAliberaleducationdemandsthatyouliveselfconsciouslyItpreparesyoutoseekanddefinethemeaninginherentinallyoudoIthasmadeyouananalystandcriticofyourself,apersoninthiswaysupremelyequippedtotakechargeofyourlifeandhowitunfoldsItisinthissensethattheliberalartsareliberalasinliberaretofreeTheyempoweryouwiththepossibilityofexercisingagency,ofdiscoveringmeaning,ofmakingchoicesThesurestwaytohaveameaningful,happylifeistocommityourselftostrivingforitDon’tsettleBepreparedtochangeroutesRemembertheimpossibleexpectationswehaveofyou,andevenasyourecognizetheyareimpossible,rememberhowimportanttheyareasalodestarguidingyoutowardsomethingthatmatterstoyouandtotheworldThemeaningofyourlifeisforyoutomakeIcan’twaittoseehowyouallturnoutDocomeback,fromtimetotime,andletusknow

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