That is just going to go on. Just put a Little thought into those choices. And, probably for Alien Resurrection. Your body wants to make some babies and then go in the ground and fertilize things. I hope to use my time, energy and whatever God-given talent I have for good. It is not just who you are.

This is especially pertinent for filmmaking and screenwriting, because many times conflicts take the form of contradictions. We only have one life. So, how does “you’re all going to die” turn into an uplifting sendoff? It is not just who you are. Nobody wants to die, from a young teen full of energy to the octogenarian in a wheelchair connected to a respirator, when facing an ax wielding psycho the will scream “No! Another way of saying it is that without humility, you will never abandon your wrong ideas.

Check out his commencement speech below. I’ve always felt that way.

Joss Whedon Wesleyan Commencement Speech Graduation | The Mary Sue

And if you think that achieving something, if you think that solving something, if you think a career or a relationship will quiet that voice, it will not. It will always be in conflict. And the weird thing is your body wants to die.

You do not pass through this life, it passes through you. Specifically he talks about the inherent contradictions that exist in being human, and how your identity as a person exists in those contradictions. And what you need to do is to honor that, to understand it, to unearth it, to listen to this other voice.


Why am I alive or, what is the purpose of my life? And for your entire life, you will be doing, on some level, the opposite—not only of what you were doing—but of what you think you are.

joss whedon graduation speech transcript

Live all of your life. And, probably for Alien Resurrection. Roads you couldn’t see before you went down that path.

joss whedon graduation speech transcript

This connection is part of contradiction. If you were to give a commencement speech today, what would you include?

We only have one life. Understand it, see it, appreciate it.

Joss Whedon in a Commencement Speech to Wesleyan University Grads: ‘You Are All Going to Die’

Understand it, see it, appreciate it. I believe these contradictions and these tensions are the greatest gift we have and hopefully I can explain that. Please Login to comment. Whedon understand his own. It is now more than ever about understanding yourself so you can become yourself. I love this site and I love everyone that contributes to it. It is the tension I whhedon talking about. Your bodies have just gotten off the ski slope at the peak spech growth and potential!


The one certainty about Death is that has become a topic that people avoid as Death itself. It seems that these three questions are pretty important: It is doing the opposite of what you are doing.

Whedon ’87 Delivers st Commencement Address | News @ Wesleyan

Live all of your life. What happens to me when I die? It likes things to be simple, it likes things to be pigeonholed—good or bad, black or white, blue or red.

I’m currently writing a feature screenplay for a screenwriting class, and for 8 weeks all I did was write in a composition book about how the story just doesn’t make sense — how my protagonist just doesn’t make sense. All I can say to this point is I think we can all agree that the world could use a little changing. Well, yes, I loved Whedon before he was cool: Maybe it will inspire these students to take care of themselves and others and hopefully enjoy this amazing gift the universe bestowed on us called life.

I actually sat through many graduations.