Real Magic: Failure, Imagination and Empathy.
by David Zinger
J. K. Rowling, of Harry Potter fame, gave a terrific graduation address at Harvard this month. Here are a few snippets:
Failure taught me things about myself that I could have learned no other way. 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 rubies.
Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s minds, imagine themselves into other people’s places.
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.
Click here to go the Harvard site to view the video or read the transcript. It is real magic.