Jim Carrey’s Commencement Address with Transcript

Please welcome to speak to us – the funniest man on Earth, a performer of legendary comic genius, a children’s book author of profound depth, an individual of enormous compassion, who is doing so much to make our world a better place – the great Jim Carrey.

Thank you Bevan, thank you all. Jai Guru Dev.
I brought one of my paintings to show you today. Hope you guys gonna be able see it okay. It’s not one of my bigger pieces so you might wanna move down front — to get a good look at it.

Faculty, parents, friends, dignified guests, graduating class of 2014, and all the dead baseball players coming out of the corn to be with us today. After the harvest there’s no place for them to hide. Fields are empty. There is no cover there.

I am here to plant a seed today. A seed that will inspire you to move forward in life with enthusiastic hearts and a clear sense of wholeness. The question is, will that seed have a chance to take root, or will I be sued by Monsanto, and forced to use their seed, which may not be totally Ayurvedic.

Excuse me if I seem a little low energy tonight — today — whatever this is. I slept with my head to the North last night. Oh man! Oh man! You know how that is, right kids? Yah! Woke up right in the middle of Pitta and couldn’t get back to sleep till Vata rolled around. Crazy, but I didn’t freak out you know. I used that time to eat a large meal, connect with someone special on Tinder.

Because Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you. How do I know this? I don’t, but I’m making sound, and that’s the important thing. That’s what I’m here to do. Sometimes, I think that’s the only thing that is important. Just letting each other know we’re here, reminding each other that we are part of a larger self.

I used to think Jim Carrey is all that I was… Just a flickering light. A dancing shadow. The great nothing masquerading as something you can name. Seeking shelter in caves and foxholes, dug out hastily. An archer searching for his target in the mirror. Wounded only by my own arrows. Begging to be enslaved. Pleading for my chains.
Blinded by longing and tripping OVER PARADISE – Can I get an “Amen”?

You didn’t think I could be serious did ya’? I don’t think you understand who you’re dealing with! I have no limits! I cannot be contained because I’m the container. You can’t contain the container, man! You can’t contain the container!

I used to believe that who I was ended at the edge of my skin, that I had been given this little vehicle called a body from which to experience creation, and though I couldn’t have asked for a sportier model, it was after all a loaner and would have to be returned. Then, I learned that everything outside the vehicle was a part of me, too, and now I drive a convertible. Top down, wind in my hair!

I am elated and truly, truly, truly excited to be present and fully connected to you at this important moment in your journey. I hope you’re ready to open the roof and take it all in? Okay, four more years then! They’re obviously not ready. Nah ah.

I want to thank the Trustees, Administrators, the Faculty of M.U.M. for creating an institution worthy of Maharishi’s ideals of education. A place that teaches knowledge and experience. The knowledge and experience necessary to be productive in life, as well as enabling the students, through Transcendental Meditation, and ancient Vedic knowledge to slack off twice a day for an hour and a half. Don’t think you’re fooling me! But, I guess it has some benefits. It does allow you to separate who you truly are and what’s real, from the stories that run through your head.

You have given them the ability to walk behind the mind’s elaborate set decoration, and to see that there is a huge difference between a dog that is going to eat you in your mind and an actual dog that’s going to eat you. That may sound like no big deal, but many never learn that distinction and they spend a great deal of their lives living in fight or flight response.

I’d like to acknowledge all of you wonderful parents. Way to go! What a fantastic job you’ve done – for your tireless dedication, your love, your support. Most of all, for the attention you’ve paid to your children. I have a saying, “Beware the unloved,” because they will eventually hurt themselves… or me.

But when I look at this group here, you know, I feel really safe. I do! I’m just going to say it — my room is not locked! My room is not locked! No doubt some of you will turn out to be crooks! But white-collar stuff — Wall St. ya’ know, that type of thing — crimes committed by people with self-esteem! Stuff parents can still be proud of in a weird way.

And to the graduating class of 2017, minus three! You didn’t let me finish. Congratulations! Yes, give yourselves a round of applause, please. You are the vanguard of knowledge and consciousness; a new wave in a vast ocean of possibilities. On the other side of that door, there is a world starving for new ideas, new leadership. I’ve been out there for 30 years! She’s a wild cat! Oh, she’ll rub up against your leg and purr until you pick her up and start pettin’ her, and out of nowhere she’ll swat you in the face! It can be rough out there, but that’s OK, because they’re soft serve ice cream with sprinkles! I guess that’s what I’m really here to say; sometimes it’s okay to eat your feelings!

Now fear is going to be a player in your life, but you get to decide how much. You can spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about the pathway to the future, but all there will ever be is what’s happening here, and the decisions we make in this moment, which are based in either love or fear.

So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying, I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it — please! And if it doesn’t happen for you right away, it’s only because the universe is so busy fulfilling my order. Party size!

My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant, and when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job and our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.
It’s not the only thing that he taught me though: I watched the affect my father’s love and humour and how it altered the world around me, and I thought, “That’s something to do, that’s something worth my time.”
It wasn’t long before I started acting up. People would come over to my house and they would be greeted by a 7 yr old throwing himself down a large flight of stairs. (laughter) They would say, “What happened?” And I would say, “I don’t know — let’s check the replay.” And I would go back to the top of the stairs and come back down in slow motion. It was a very strange household.

My father used to brag that I wasn’t a ham — I was the whole pig. And he treated my talent as if it was his second chance. When I was about 28, after a decade as a professional comedian, I realised one night in LA that the purpose of my life had always been to free people from concern, just like my dad. When I realised this, I dubbed my new devotion, “The Church of Freedom From Concern” — “The Church of FFC”— and I dedicated myself to that ministry.
What’s yours? How will you serve the world? What do they need that your talent can provide? That’s all you have to figure out. As someone who has done what you are about to go and do, I can tell you from experience, the effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is.

Because everything you gain in life will rot and fall apart, and all that will be left of you is what was in your heart. My choosing to free people from concern got me to the top of a mountain. Look where I am — look what I get to do! Everywhere I go – and I’m going to get emotional because when I tap into this, it really is extraordinary to me — I did something that makes people present their best selves to me wherever I go. I am at the top of the mountain and the only one I hadn’t freed was myself and that’s when my search for identity deepened.

I wondered who I’d be without my fame. Who would I be if I said things that people didn’t want to hear, or if I defied their expectations of me? What if I showed up to the party without my Mardi Gras mask and I refused to flash my breasts for a handful of beads? I’ll give you a moment to wipe that image out of your mind. (laughter)

But you guys are so ahead of the game. You already know who you are and that peace, that peace that we’re after, lies somewhere beyond personality, beyond the perception of others, beyond invention and disguise, even beyond effort itself. You can join the game, fight the wars, play with form all you want, but to find real peace, you have to let the armour go. Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.

It’s not big enough! This painting is big for a reason. This painting is called “High Visibility.” It’s about picking up the light and daring to be seen. Here’s the tricky part. Everyone is attracted to the light. The party host up at the top who thinks unconsciousness is bliss and is always offering to drink from the bottles that empty you; Misery, below her, despises the light — can’t stand when you’re doing well —wishes you nothing but the worst; The Queen of Diamonds, under him, needs a King to build her house of cards; And the Hollow One, down bottom there, will cling to your leg and begs, “Please don’t leave me behind for I have abandoned myself.”

Even those who are closest to you and most in love with you; the people you love most in the world will find clarity confronting at times. This painting took me thousands of hours to complete and when I was finished — Thank you — yes, thousands of hours that I’ll never get back, I’ll never get them back — I worked on this for so long, for weeks and weeks, like a mad man alone on a scaffolding — and when I was finished one of my friends said, “This would be a cool black light painting.”

So I started over. Whooooo! Welcome to Burning Man! Some pretty crazy characters up there. But better up there than in here. You know. Painting is one of the ways I free myself from concern, a way to stop the world through total mental, spiritual and physical involvement.

But even with that, comes a feeling of divine dissatisfaction. Because ultimately, we’re not the avatars we create. We’re not the pictures on the film stock. We are the light that shines through. All else is just smoke and mirrors. Distracting, but not truly compelling.

I’ve often said that I wished people could realise all their dreams of wealth and fame so that they could see that it’s not where you’ll find you’re going to find your sense of completion. Like many of you, I was concerned about going out in the world and doing something bigger than myself, until someone smarter than myself made me realise that there is nothing bigger than myself!

My soul is not contained within the limits of my body. My body is contained within the limitlessness of my soul — one unified field of nothing dancing for no particular reason, except maybe to comfort and entertain itself. As that shift happens in you, you won’t be feeling the world you’ll be felt by it — you will be embraced by it. Now, I’m always at the beginning. I have a reset button and I ride that button constantly.

Once that button is functioning in your life, there’s no story the mind could create that will be as compelling. The imagination is always manufacturing scenarios — both good and bad — and the ego tries to keep you trapped in the multiplex of the mind. Our eyes are not viewers, but also projectors that are running a second story over the picture we see in front of us all the time. Fear is writing that script and the working title is, ‘I’ll never be enough.’

Are you going to look at a person like me and say, “How could we ever hope to reach those kinds of heights, Jim? How can we make a painting that’s too big for our home? How do you fly so high without a special breathing apparatus?”

This is the voice of THE EGO. And if you listen to it, there will always be someone who is doing better than you. No matter what you gain, ego will not let you rest. It will tell you that you cannot stop until you’ve left an indelible mark on the earth, until you’ve achieved immortality. How tricky is this ego that it would tempt us with the promise of something we already possess.

So, I just want you to relax, you know, that’s my job. Relax and dream up a good life! I had a substitute teacher from Ireland in the second grade that told my class during Morning Prayer that when she wants something, anything at all, she prays for it, and promises something in return and she always gets what she wants. I’m sitting at the back of the classroom, thinking that my family can’t afford a bike, so I went home and I prayed for one, and promised I would recite the rosary every night in exchange. Broke it—broke that promise.
But two weeks later, I got home from school to find a brand new mustang bike with a banana seat and easy rider handlebars — from fool to cool! My family informed me that I had won the bike in a raffle that a friend of mine had entered my name in, without any of my knowledge. So that type of thing has been happening to me ever since. As far as I can tell, it’s just about letting the universe know what you want and working toward it while letting go of how it comes to pass.

Your job is not to figure out how it’s going to happen for you, but to open the door in your head and when the door opens in real life, just walk through it. And don’t worry if you miss your cue because there’s always door opening. They keep opening. And when I say, “Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you.” I really don’t know if that’s true. I’m just making a conscious choice to perceive challenges as something beneficial so that I can deal with them in the most productive way. You’ll come up with your own style, that’s part of the fun!

Oh, and why not take a chance on faith as well? Take a chance on faith — not religion, but faith. Not hope, but faith. I don’t believe in hope. Hope is a beggar. Hope walks through the fire and faith leaps over it.

You are ready and able to do beautiful things in this world and after you walk through those doors today, you will only ever have two choices: love or fear. Choose love, and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart.

Thank you so much. Jai Guru Dev. I’m so honoured. Thank you.


Why America is not the greatest country in the world – The Newsroom

Jenny: Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?

Sharon: Diversity and opportunity.
Lewis: Freedom and freedom… so let’s keep it that way.
Will: The New York Jets.

Moderator: No, I’m going to hold you to an answer on that. What makes America the greatest country in the world?

Will: Well, Lewis and Sharon said it. Diversity and opportunity and freedom and freedom.

Moderator: I’m not letting you go back to the airport without answering the question.

Will: Well, our Constitution is a masterpiece. James Madison was a genius. The Declaration of Independence is, for me, the single greatest piece of American writing…

[Professor keeps staring]

Will: You don’t look satisfied.

Moderator: One’s a set of laws and the other’s a declaration of war. I want a human moment from you… what about the people? Why is America…

Will: It’s not the greatest country in the world, professor. That’s my answer.

Moderator: You’re saying…

Will: Yes.

Moderator: Let’s talk about…

Will: Fine.

[Turns to Sharon]

Will: Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paycheck, but he

[gestures to Lewis]

Will: gets to hit you with it anytime he wants. It doesn’t cost money, it costs votes. It costs airtime and column inches. You know why people don’t like liberals? Cause they lose. If liberals are so fucking smart, how come they lose so god damn always?

Sharon: Hey!

Will: [Turns to Louis] And with a straight face, you’re gonna tell students that America is so star-spangled awesome that we’re the only ones in the world who have freedom? Canada has freedom. Japan has freedom. The UK. France. Italy. Germany. Spain. Australia… Belgium! has freedom… 207 sovereign states in the world, like 180 of ’em have freedom.

Moderator: Alright…

Will: [Looks at Jenny] And, yeah, you… sorority girl. Just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there are some things you should know. One of them is: There is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, number 4 in labor force and number 4 in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real and defense spending – where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined, 25 of whom are allies. Now, none of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you, nonetheless, are without a doubt a member of the worst period generation period ever period, so when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don’t know what the FUCK you’re talking about!… Yosemite?

[Stunned silence]

Will: … It sure used to be. We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons. We passed laws, struck down laws – for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not on poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were and we never beat our chest. We built great, big things, made ungodly technological advanced, explored the universe, cured diseases and we cultivated the world’s greatest artists AND the world’s greatest economy. We reached for the stars, acted like men. We aspired to intelligence, we didn’t belittle it. It didn’t make us feel inferior. We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election and we didn’t scare so easy. We were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed… by great men, men who were revered. First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.

Worst Day Ever? – Chanie Gorkin

Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don’t try to convince me that
There’s something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Even if
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.
And it’s not true that
It’s all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be attained
Only if one’s surroundings are good
It’s not true that good exists
I’m sure you can agree that
The reality
My attitude
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say
Today was a very good day

Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day.

Tabata Workout – Stay Fit and Motivated

I was recently exposed to Tabata, a High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T) workout while serving my reservist in Pasir Ris camp. The workout regime is relatively simple and does not require any equipments at all. Best of all,  it only takes 4 minutes to finish one “Tabata” cycle. However, this will be the most intense and longest 4 minutes you will ever experience, provided you do not shortchange yourself during the workout.

Why Tabata?

  • High Intensity Interval Training has larger impact on both aerobic and anaerobic systems than traditional aerobic workout
  • It’s simple and requires no weights/equipments
  • You can easily customise your own Tabata workout by mixing any exercise you desire
  • It only takes 4 minutes of your time to complete one cycle

How to Tabata?

  1. Workout as hard as you can for 20 seconds
  2. Rest for 10 seconds
  3. Repeat Step 1 & 2 for the rest of the exercises (1 “Tabata” cycle)
  4. Do as many “Tabata” cycle as possible

Tabata Workout:

  1. Squats
  2. Jumping Jacks
  3. Lunges
  4. Situps
  5. High Jumper
  6. Burpees
  7. Flutter Kicks
  8. Push Ups

For beginners, you may want to start off with 4 “Tabata” cycles and gradually increase 1 cycle at a time when your body is conditioned for higher intensity.
It is important to give your 100% for the 20secs of workout in each exercise as it would defeat the purpose of high intensity training if you don’t push yourself to the limit.

P.S. – Just for laugh:
I named the Tabata workout as the “Patapon” Workout. The word “Tabata” reminds me of the PSP game “Patapon”. I have completed the game back in my NS days. It was really fun and interesting game! On a side note, I have designed the Tabata featured image above based on some online tutorial to improve my photoshop skill.

My preferred Patapon Workout exercises as belowPatapon Workout

Patapon Workout:

  1. Pata-Pata-Pata-Pon (Squats)
  2. Pon-Pon-Pata-Pon (Jumping Jacks)
  3. Chaka-Chaka-Pata-Pon (Lunges)
  4. Pon-Pata-Pon-Pata (Crunches)
  5. Pon-Pon-Chaka-Chaka (Flutter Kicks)
  6. Don-Don-Chaka-Chaka (Burpees)
  7. Pata-Pon-Don-Chaka (Front Planks)
  8. Don-DoDon-DoDon (Push Ups)

See related post:
Workout Motivation

List of references:
What is Tabata Training?
The 4-Minute Fat-Burning Miracle Tabata Workout
List of Command Songs
How To Create Great Typographic Wallpaper In Photoshop

Jack Ma advice on how to be successful in Life

Before 20 Years Old:

Be a good student. The way to entrepreneur, just learn some experience.

Before 30 Years Old:

Follow somebody. Go to a small company. Normally in a big company it’s good to learn processes. You’re a part of a big machine. But when you go to a small company, you learn the passion, you learn the dreams, and you learn how to do lots of things at any one time. So before 30 years old, it’s not which company you go, it’s which boss you follow. It’s very important. A good boss teaches you differently.

From 30 to 40 Years Old:

You have to think very clearly if you want to work for yourself. If you really want to be an entrepreneur.

From 40 to 50 Years Old:

You have to do all the things that you are good at. Don’t try to drop into the new area, it’s too late. You may be successful, but the rate of dying is too big. Think about how to focus on things that you’re good at.

From 50 to 60 Years Old:

Work for the young people. Because young people can do better than you. So rely on them, invest on them, making sure that they are good.

Over 60 Years Old:

Spend time on yourself, on the beach, sunshine, it’s normally too late for you to change. This is my advice to young people: At 25-years old, make enough mistakes. Don’t worry. You fall, you stand up. Enjoy it. Enjoy the show.

Jack Ma on Regrets:

I regret a lot of things. I regret that I meet the Media. I regret that I speak in the public. Because I could have my own privacy. I regret that I work so hard and spend so little time with my family. If I have another life, I would never do things like this. And my wife said: “You do not belong to me. You belong to Alibaba.” But, in all, Life is so short. It’s all about experience. People seek different views. Some people think you’re rich, you’re successful. But you’re not! Some people say this guy does not have money and he’s a terrible guy. Maybe not! So everybody choose his or her own life. We have a lot of problems that people never thought of. Because running a company for 34,000 young people, operating a company for more than 500 million people. If 1% of the 500 million people are bad guys, you got 5 million bad guys. So it’s a headache. But it’s too late to regret. Forget about regret. Think about I have another 10-20 years to go. So enjoy the show, enjoy the ride. You’re the same.

See Related:
Advice from Jack Ma on Life and Entrepreneurship
Jack Ma’s vision for Alibaba
The Value of Honour – Jack Ma

Workout Motivation – Tough times don’t last, tough people do

Most people are aware of the health benefits of having a regular workout regime but often lack the discipline and motivation to stick to their training schedule. Procrastination and excuses start to kick in, and soon,  they simply just stop trying.

When a new hot and trending workout video (such as INSANITY workout) is shared online, people might get excited and try it out for awhile. However, the enthusiasm simply wore off over time, and they are back to their sedentary lifestyle.

Do you find yourself making yearly resolution to go the gym or keeping to a run schedule, and find yourself breaking them a few months later, giving yourself excuses and procrastinating from time to time.

Therefore, it is important to identify the “Why” of keeping fit and healthy instead of just focusing on “How” to keep fit and healthy. For me, the “Why” is simply because it just feels so right and logical to stick to an exercise regime. Exercise is an excellent way to destress and keeps one focused and energised. Although it feels kind of sucky for the first few months, your body will get used to the body aches and sore feet over time. You will start to feel more refreshed each day and also feel good about yourself.

Find out your “Why” and craft out a flexible exercise regime to fit into your schedule. For a start, drag someone for a jogging session once a week. Slowly build up your endurance and be disciplined. Suffer either the pain of discipline, or suffer the pain of regret.

Keep pushing hard until you get it!

Below are some of motivational quotes and images to keep you going:

EXERCISE - Some motivation required
EXERCISE – Some motivation required
Better sore than sorry
Better sore than sorry
No rest is worth anything except the rest that is earned
No rest is worth anything except the rest that is earned
I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.
I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.

Running is the greatest metaphor for Life, because you get out of it what you put into it.

P.S. If you are in Singapore and need a jogging/running buddy, feel free to drop a comment and I will be happy to arrange a jogging/running session.

See related post:
Tabata Workout – Stay Fit and Motivated

Tribute to Lee Kuan Yew – The Man in the Arena

23rd March 2015 is a day of mixed feelings…

It is the day I learnt that our founding father of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, died peacefully after his condition worsened due to an infection…

I normally do not express my feelings through this website, but I do hope international users who accidentally/intentionally land on this website be aware of this great thinker and visionary of this era.
Many foreigners may only know him as the first Prime Minister of Singapore, who introduced lots of unpopular policies, and ruled Singapore with an “iron fist”.
But what most people do not understand is that these controversial policies and “autocratic” style of ruling get Singapore to where it is today.

I, for one, am very grateful that our esteem founding father did not adopt a populist ruling approach. I am not an expert on how to run a country, but seeing how Singapore transformed herself from a fishing village into an economic powerhouse, is truly an amazing and remarkable feat. Although everyone plays a part in the growth of our nation, I feel that it was thanks to the vision of Mr Lee that we get to enjoy such a beautiful and safe country.

I am very thankful that Mr Lee had the foresight in creating a bilingual society, which enables me to indulge myself in Chinese and English texts, culture, and ultimately the ability to aggregate motivational content of both languages for everyone to enjoy.

One of his memorable quote exemplify just how much he sacrifice for Singapore:
‘I have no regrets. I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country. There’s nothing more that I need to do. At the end of the day, what have I got? A successful Singapore. What have I given up? My life.’ – LKY
I have no regrets. I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country. There’s nothing more that I need to do. At the end of the day, what have I got? A successful Singapore. What have I given up? My life.

His sacrifice and absolute devotion to the betterment of every Singaporean will not be forgotten. At the very least, not by me. He is truly the man in the arena.
Thank you Mr Lee Kuan Yew for your selfless contributions.
May you rest in peace.

Tribute written by a teary-eyed, true blue Singaporean


See other Tributes:
The Straits Times – Remembering Lee Kuan Yew
BBC News – Obituary: Lee Kuan Yew
Channel NewsAsia – Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew dies aged 91
Channel NewsAsia – PM Lee: I am grieved beyond words at the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew