O livro novo de JK Rowling, chamado Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure And Importance of Imagination, é nada mais, nada menos que o empolgante discurso de formatura que ela deu na Universidade de Harvard em 2008.
Enquanto a obra não sai (o lançamento está marcado para 14 de abril), o jornal inglês The Guardian compilou as frases mais fortes do discurso – listadas abaixo! Se não entender alguma passagem, deixe sua dúvida nos comentários 😉
JK Rowling recentemente revelou que Harry Potter foi rejeitado por alguns agentes literários antes de ser publicado e virar sucesso absoluto, numa época em que ela estava completamente lisa de dinheiro. Ou seja, fracasso e imaginação são assuntos que ela conhece:
Sobre os benefícios do fracasso
There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.
I am not dull enough to suppose that because you are young, gifted and well-educated, you have never known hardship or heartbreak. Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the Fates.
I am not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun. That period of my life was a dark one, and I had no idea that there was going to be what the press has since represented as a kind of fairy tale resolution.
Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged.
Sobre o poder da imaginação e da empatia
Many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are.
We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.
Those who choose not to empathise enable real monsters. For without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves, we collude with it, through our own apathy.
Every day of my working week in my early 20s I was reminded how incredibly fortunate I was, to live in a country with a democratically elected government, where legal representation and a public trial were the rights of everyone.
One of the many things I learned at the end of that Classics corridor down which I ventured at the age of 18, in search of something I could not then define, was this, written by the Greek author Plutarch: ‘What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.’ That is an astonishing statement and yet proven a thousand times every day of our lives. It expresses, in part, our inescapable connection with the outside world, the fact that we touch other people’s lives simply by existing.
As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
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