Last evening (16 Dec 2008), Australia High Court outgoing Judge Justice Michael Kirby spoke at Griffith University’s graduation ceremony and received an honorary doctorate. In his address, Justice Kirby clearly avoided “benign platitudes” instead shared on a simple but the most important thing he has discovered in life – love.
“Love, you see, transcends even scholarship, cleverness and university degrees. It is greater than pride and it’s greater than wealth. It endures when all worldly vanities fade.” said Justice Kirby in his address.
Justice Kirby was concerned about a lack of self-love with stress and depression running rife in law and business and urged the graduates to take love into their future workplaces. He also recommended doing volunteer legal work as it was uplifting, satisfying and noble. But his final message to the graduates was this.
“In life, never be predictable. It’s so uncool.”
Bravo, Justice Kirby!
Related link: All we need is love, concludes retiring judge (The Age)