“Life tests our willingness, in ways large and small, to tell the truth.”

Jon Lovett’s 2013 Pitzer College Commencement Keynote — May 18, 2013


“Life tests our willingness, in ways large and small, to tell the truth.”

1. Don’t cover for your inexperience.

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Crack-Up” (1936)

“You have to be confident in your potential and aware in your inexperience.”

Confident & Humble
Skeptical & Eager to Learn

2. Sometimes you’re going to be inexperienced, naive, untested, and totally right. (It helps to be very charming.)

“If you see something, say something.” ~ The Subway Rule, MTA
Call bullshit when you see it.

“I’d rather be wrong and cringe than right and regret not speaking up.”

3. Being honest, both about what you do know and about what you don’t, can and will pay off.

We have reached peak bullshit.

HUNGRY. We are hungry. We have been starved. HUNGER for HONESTY.

“An unabashedly sincere desire to good in this world, to be responsible for one another, and to carry yourselves with integrity.”

To reject a culture of insincerity by virtue of the example you set.


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