Last week marked the fourth anniversary of david foster wallace’s death and although I’ve always felt a great affinity for his writing, I’ve never before heard the graduation speech he delivered at kenyon college.
Listening back to this speech now provokes an internal re-evaluation and a desire to reprogram my default setting. I suggest that paying careful consideration to how we present ourselves does not have to be a form of self obsession or vanity, but can instead demonstrate an awareness of our environment and respect for those around us.
It is true that the clothing/fragrance we wear can be used to attract attention or to provide a shell-like form of protection from the world. Alternatively though, I believe it can act as a tactile interface between ourselves and the water.