Five Inspiring 2013 Commencement Speeches You Need to Hear

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Five Inspiring 2013 Commencement Speeches You Need to Hear Five Inspiring 2013 Commencement Speeches You Need to Hear
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Five Inspiring 2013 Commencement Speeches You Need to Hear

by Aaron Liu

June 21, 2013
With graduation season wrapping up, here are five people who delivered brilliant and inspiring commencement speeches from 2013. 
 
Ben Bernanke
 
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A meritocracy is a system in which the people who are the luckiest in their health and genetic endowment; luckiest in terms of family support, encouragement, and, probably, income; luckiest in their educational and career opportunities; and luckiest in so many other ways difficult to enumerate–these are the folks who reap the largest rewards. The only way for even a putative meritocracy to hope to pass ethical muster, to be considered fair, is if those who are the luckiest in all of those respects also have the greatest responsibility to work hard, to contribute to the betterment of the world, and to share their luck with others." frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>'>
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The 14th Dalai Lama spoke at The Superdome in New Orleans to graduates of Tulane University. There, the Dalai Lama outlined some of the basics of the overarching philosophy he's developed over the years—that happiness is the purpose of all life; that human affection has innate, biological roots; that the pathway towards a meaningful life lies in caring for other people. He also stressed the importance of cooperating in solving "man-made" problems:
 
"Many of these problems are actually our own creation... therefore, we must have the ability to overcome these problems."
 
His speech starts at the six-minute mark. Listen to the echo that trails his voice!
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