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May 20, 2009

"The world and everything in it is being strained to the breaking point...strained to the point of transformation. It's our being brought to a point... closer to contact with our essential nature, to the truth of our own experience." --Tom Hurley

You are Brilliant -- and the Earth is Hiring

An excerpt from Paul Hawken's 2009 commencement address at the University of Portland: "There is invisible writing on the back of the diploma you will receive, and in case you didn't bring lemon juice to decode it, I can tell you what it says: YOU ARE BRILLIANT, AND THE EARTH IS HIRING. The earth couldn't afford to send any recruiters or limos to your school. It sent you rain, sunsets, ripe cherries, night blooming jasmine, and that unbelievably cute person you are dating. Take the hint. And here's the deal: Forget that this task of planet-saving is not possible in the time required. Don't be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done." The full text of the inspiring address follows.

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