The Problem with Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture

… it was uninspiring. To me at least. I can imagine why many people would like his lecture; it was a celebration of what a human life could do… (to achieve your dreams). But the glaring assumptions and problems with that approach is very obvious. 

Imagine a person who is telling you how cool things are only if you happen to be within a particular upbringing, conditions and geographical area. What Paush says is totally irrelevant to the person who is dying in a foreign country that is under war for generations. It may sound ‘achievable’ but it only applies to some people in this world, and not to the human race hollistically. It is a wilful ignorance of certain things that have plagued man and woman since the beginning of Creation. 

His final notes?

  • Be good at something: It makes you valuable.
  • Work hard… “What’s your secret?”
  • Find the best in everybody; no matter how you have to wait for them to show it
  • Be prepared: “luck” is where preparation meets opportunity

I’m sad to see so many people thinking this is the best advice and best last words that man can offer, especially when the person is definitely an atheistic-hedonese.

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One thought on “The Problem with Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture

  1. You left out the most important of his aphorisms, “You can’t change the cards you are dealt, only how you play them!”

    Try that one out in your everyday life. And try facing death with the attitude and effort to help others that Randy displayed.

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