Tom Hanks says truth is ‘no longer emperical’ at Harvard speech

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Actor Tom Hanks lectured new graduates on truth during his commencement speech at Harvard University Thursday.

Hanks himself attended Chabot Community College in California, but he received an honorary doctorate degree and a Harvard volleyball in homage to his Castaway character’s prop, Wilson, during the ceremony. The actor attempted to motivate graduates to pursue “sacred” truth instead of the truth that has evolved from today’s society.

“For the truth to some is no longer empirical. It’s no longer based on data, nor common sense, nor even common decency,” Hanks said

“Telling the truth is no longer the benchmark for public service. It’s no longer the salve to our fears, or the guide to our actions. Truth is now considered malleable, by opinion and by zero-sum endgames.”


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