The final point that she makes is that imagination can help a person to relate and emphasize with others. People can empathize with others if they employ their imaginations and understand what those others are going through. The imagery used by her transports the listener back to a time where she was in a deep depression of poverty trying desperately to survive. Your message depends in your audience. Rowling, as somewhat shown in this speech, is a very humble woman who will never admit to anyone that she is as successful as she is.
And I think we should be entitled to. The great majority of you belong to the world's only remaining superpower. Rowling Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts characters, names and related indicia and trademarks of and © Warner Bros. I am sure that the reaction from the students at Harvard was to gasp a little and be a bit confused because they don't need to be told that failure is ok, they are at one of the best institutions in the nation and the world. The second theme that Rowling spoke about at Harvard is the importance of imagination.
Develop Your Imagination People can empathize with others if they employ their imaginations and understand what those others are going through. We have power to imagine better. Not only are the stories themselves captivating, they bring the speech together, and the message comes across much more powerful when it can be related to a person. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared. We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better. I feel that this is important for the graduates to hear because as she tells them, life is more than a checklist of achievements though there are many people that think life is just that. He says Rowling lacks the gravitas a Harvard commencement speaker should have.
However, the fact that you are graduating from Harvard suggests that you are not very well-acquainted with failure. Rowling tells the listeners of the good things that the organization does. Beeson was one of many young people in the audience who skipped school to hear Rowling. Failure is of course apart of life and thus should not be feared because if you can live through your failure you can witness your true strength and abilities. You might be driven by a fear of failure quite as much as a desire for success.
Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations. She then moves on to talk about her own commencement and says that she remembers nothing from Baroness Mary Warnock's address so it must not have been that memorable. And as long as I live I shall remember walking along an empty corridor and suddenly hearing, from behind a closed door, a scream of pain and horror such as I have never heard since. A reluctant public speaker, Rowling began her address alluding to the enormousness of her task. What does that say to the class of 2008? In saying this to them she gives more meaning to the world imagination than bedtime stories and little children play time. What I feared most for myself at your age was not poverty, but failure. She tells the students that they may not be very well acquainted with failure but that it happens to everyone.
You might be driven by a fear of failure quite as much as a desire for success. I discovered that I had a strong will, and more discipline than I had suspected; I also found out that I had friends whose value was truly above the price of rubies. Here her tone becomes a bit lighter and eyes look happy. Obama had also said something along the lines that government would be working to prevent any tragedies similar to this. Even if we have not experienced things that others had experience, we can imagine it in our minds; the emotions one is going through, and put ourselves into their shoes. Second, I will provide a brief summary on her commencement speech. And who other than J.
I cannot remember telling my parents that I was studying Classics; they might well have found out for the first time on graduation day. Rowling succeeded to transform from a single mom on the verge of bankruptcy to one of the wealthiest authors on the planet. Rowling, most inspiring writer in history, gave her commencement Speechto the Harvard graduates on June 5, 2008. So they hoped that I would take a vocational degree; I wanted to study English Literature. And yet I also learned more about human goodness at Amnesty International than I had ever known before. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.
Failure taught me things about myself that I could have learned no other way. She appropriately tells the crows that because she cannot remember anything that she does not have too much worry about influencing any of them to abandon their dreams and careers and become a gay wizard. Even your nationality sets you apart. They're just a bunch of Muggles! In order to truly know oneself, you must be tested by adversity Rowling tells the graduates. She then tells a few stories of when she was very poor and working at Amnesty International and the horrifying things she witnessed every day at work. Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the Fates, and I do not for a moment suppose that everyone here has enjoyed an existence of unruffled privilege and contentment. However, the fact that you are graduating from Harvard suggests that you are not very well-acquainted with failure.
They can think themselves into other people's places. Everyone knows the story about the little wizard who must go through much evil in the human world in order to find happiness at Hogwarts school for wizards. There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you. K Rowling is now one of the best loved children's authors in the world: due to the success of the books in the previous three years a series of films are being produced based on the award winning novels. Rowling stresses the importance of imagination and asks Harvard who they are and what they will do to benefit the rest of the world. Now, I am not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun.
On this wonderful day when we are gathered together to celebrate your academic success, I have decided to talk to you about the benefits of failure. And in my opinion, we're settling here. If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful, but with the powerless; if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped change. She is actually asking the graduates to help make the world a better place, knowing that with their knowledge and one day power that they can do this. Of all the subjects on this planet, I think they would have been hard put to name one less useful than Greek mythology when it came to securing the keys to an executive bathroom. They are often more afraid. I think the wilfully unimaginative see more monsters.