Monday, October 29, 2007

Mussar from "Last Lecture" of a 47 Year Old Terminally Ill Professor


Here's a brief version (10 minutes) of his 1 hour and 45 minute "Last Lecture." Randy Pausch (not Pauche) is/was a Virtual Reality professor at Caregie-Mellon University. He has about three months of good health left, as of now, and not all, but many of the things he says here sound like they come right out of a mussar shmooze or a Chassidishe vort. One of his repeating themes is that "Brick walls are not there to stop you, they are there to make you show how much you want it." This is remeniscent of Likutei Moharan 48 (I think). Also the story from the full lecture about the guy who spilled coke on the back seat of his new convertable so that children would not be embarassed if they accidentaly messed up his car, which he used to illustrate the message of the importance of "people, not things," is a step up from most people's perspective.

-Dixie Yid

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3 comments:

AX said...

That's crazy... This guy is wonderful... First step, I thought "so sad", and now I'm realizing we are all in the same situation, like Pirkey Avot says...

DixieYid said...

Ax,

From where do you come? A putrid drop? And to where are you going? To a place of dust and worms...

-Dixie Yid

Alice said...

Wow! What guts.