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You are not special. You are not exceptional.

Wellesley High English teacher David McCullough Jr. tells graduates “You are not special. You are not exceptional.”

“You are not special. You are not exceptional. …. You’ve been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble wrapped … feted and fawned over and called sweetie pie. … Your galaxy is not the centre of the universe. In fact, astrophysicists ensure us the universe has not centre. Therefore you cannot be it. ”

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