This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope its the closest I get for a few moredecades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than whendeath was a useful but purely intellectual concept:
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there.And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as itshould be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's changeagent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but somedaynot too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be sodramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma ?which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinionsdrown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heartand intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else issecondary.
When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which wasone of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not farfrom here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters,scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years beforeGoogle came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.
当我年轻的时候，有一份非常精彩的刊物，叫做《全球概览》(Whole Earth Catalog)，那是我们那一代人视为圣经的读物之一。它由斯图尔特·布兰德(Stewart Brand)在离这里不远的门洛帕克创办，他把诗意带进杂志，赋予它鲜活的生命力。那是在1960年代末，这本刊物全部由打字机、剪刀和宝丽来相机制作出来。有点像平装版的谷歌，但早于谷歌问世35年。这就是理想主义，充满着整洁的工具和伟大的奇想。
Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it hadrun its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On theback cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind youmight find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry.Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to beginanew, I wish that for you.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.
Thank you all very much.