One for sixth formers maybe or for a discussion with teachers
“There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys, how’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, “What the hell is water?””
This comes from the Commencement Speech to Kenyon College class of 2005 written by David Foster Wallace. It’s an interesting defence of a philosophically critical education. It is also an argument that religion carries important value messages against materialist economics as the only account of human flourishing. It could contribute to a defence of schools of a religious character.
It advances the idea that everyone holds some sort of basic view of the world and the good life, consciously or unconsciously and a case that we should be consciously aware. It attracts attention because of the line, ‘there is no such thing as atheism’ but Wallace does not mean these words in the way they might be interpreted.
I am including links to the text and the Youtube. Note – language! http://bulletin.kenyon.edu/x4280.html