Mark Zuckerberg Tells Harvard Graduates To Embrace Globalism, 'A Sense Of Purpose'
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 11:19
Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg returned to the university Thursday to give graduates a commencement address, filled with calls for building a connected world "where every single person has a sense of goal". He met Pope Francis in 2016 to discuss bringing communication technology to the world's poor. "I remember telling him I was excited to connect the Harvard community, but one day someone would connect the whole world".
In the graduation speech, he told students to "not only create new jobs, but create a new sense of purpose".
"If I get through this speech, it'll be the first time I actually finish something at Harvard", Zuckerberg jested towards the beginning of the speech, alluding to the fact that he never received any type of degree from the university until that point. "In our generation, the struggle of whether we connect more, whether we achieve our biggest opportunities, comes down to this - your ability to build communities and create a world where every single person has a sense of objective." .
Last year, Facebook's SEC filing on a special class of new shares that Zuckerberg owns raised eyebrows because it specifically dictates that he would retain control of the company even if he were "serving in a government position or office".
The lines that Zuckerberg sings to his little girl at night come from one of the most popular versions of the prayer sung by Jewish musician Debbie Friedman, who was known to transform the teachings of Judaism into lovely songs that people can easily relate to.
"We should explore ideas like universal basic income", said Zuckerberg, referencing an idea that would pay everyone a base salary, regardless of the work they did. He's been saying he wants to make the world more open and connected for more than a decade now, and he doesn't relent.
"In a recent survey of millennials around the world asking what most defines our identity, the most popular answer wasn't nationality, ethnicity or religion", he said. That's a big deal.
He concluded by adding: "Every generation expands the circle of who we consider one of us".
The resulting split in the company left him feeling isolated as he pursued his dream to build a great company.
That's why it's so striking, he said, that membership in communities has declined by as much as one-quarter. ("I turned to her and said, I'm getting kicked out in three days so we need to go on a date quickly.") Chan, who was sitting in the audience wearing a poncho, wiped away tears.
He became emotional when he told the story of an immigrant who wasn't sure he could go to college but wanted a book on social justice.
Zuckerberg said that it will cost money to help society, and that people who are rich like him should pay.