Looking for peace and happiness? Do you think you will find it when you find your passion, achieve your dream or win the lotto?
In Joss Whedon’s 2013 Wesleyan Commencement Address, on Embracing Our Inner Contradictions, Joss says:
You have, which is a rare thing, that ability and the responsibility to listen to the dissent in yourself, to at least give it the floor, because it is the key — not only to consciousness, but to real growth. To accept duality is to earn identity. And identity is something that you are constantly earning. It is not just who you are. It is a process that you must be active in.
Whedon goes on to encourage us to try and embrace our inner paradoxes:
This contradiction, and this tension … it never goes away. And if you think that achieving something, if you think that solving something, if you think a career or a relationship will quiet that voice, it will not. If you think that happiness means total peace, you will never be happy. Peace comes from the acceptance of the part of you that can never be at peace. It will always be in conflict. If you accept that, everything gets a lot better.
Whedon wrote the screenplays for “Toy Story” and “The Avengers,” among others, and he also created “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
In the season of commencement addresses this one is a worthy listen.
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