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Jamie Dimon commencement speech

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He told students to "do the right thing, not the easy thing" and not to become someone else's "lap dog."


Dimon, 54, who was the subject of student protests before the ceremony, was met at the end of his speech with loud applause by the audience of more than 17,000.


"Have the courage to speak the truth, even if it’s unpopular," said Dimon. "Have the courage to put yourself on the line, strive for something meaningful, even to risk the embarrassment of failure."

There was a time when we viewed the super-rich with more respect. From The Great Gatsby:


It was gas blue with lavender beads. Two hundred and sixty-five dollars.." "There's something funny about a fellow that'll do a thing like that,." said the other girl eagerly.

"He doesn't want any trouble with anybody.." "Who doesn't?." I inquired.

"Gatsby. Somebody told me - -." The two girls and Jordan leaned together confidentially.

"Somebody told me they thought he killed a man once.." A thrill passed over all of us. The three Mr. Mumbles bent forward and listened eagerly.

"I don't think it's so much that,." argued Lucille sceptically; "it's more that he was a German spy during the war.." One of the men nodded in confirmation.

"I heard that from a man who knew all about him, grew up with him in Germany,." he assured us positively.

"Oh, no,." said the first girl, "it couldn't be that, because he was in the American army during the war.." As our credulity switched back to her she leaned forward with enthusiasm.

"You look at him sometimes when he thinks nobody's looking at him.

I'll bet he killed a man.." She narrowed her eyes and shivered. Lucille shivered.

We all turned and looked around for Gatsby.

It was testimony to the romantic speculation he inspired that there were whispers about him from those who found little that it was necessary to whisper about in this world.


No profanes - sacred
 
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