Tom Hanks told Thursday’s university graduates that superheroes are standing up for truth and American ideals, and to resist those who would distort it for their own profit.
“Something” is no longer an empirical truth. It is no longer based on data, not on common sense, not even on common decency,” the two-time Academy Award winner said in his inaugural speech, in which he mentioned that the Latin word for truth is “truth,” the opinion of Harvard.
“To tell the truth is no longer a test of public service,” he said. “Resin is not fear, or the guide of our actions. Truth is now considered tractable by sentence and terminations of no sum.”
That more than 9,000 graduates in Harvard’s 372nd class with a choice to make, said the Hollywood icon, who has played an astronaut, a soldier, a child in a man’s body and even a professor, from Harvard in long decades. I’m going to have a good weekend.
“It is the same choice for all adults who decide to be one of three types of Americans: those who embrace freedom for all, those who do not, or those who are indifferent,” he said. “Only the former are doing the job of creating a more perfect union, an undivided nation. They are hindering the rest.”
Near the end of the speech, he made a point to the group, which included not only college students, but also those from Harvard extension and graduate professional schools.
“It’s your job. It’s our job. It’s voluntary work. But the truth is sacred. It’s unchangeable. It’s carved in stone and in the foundations of our country,” he said.
Hanks, who received an honorary doctorate of arts, mocked his lack of academic credentials on a stage packed with some of the world’s most famous minds and leading scientists.
“It’s not fair, but I don’t even like being bitter,” Hanks said. “Now, without working an iota, without spending any kind of time, without ever entering that library, to say nothing of the class, faculty, or students of the illustrious Harvardians, I make a very good living.” playing someone who did this,” he said, referring to his portrayal of Harvard poetry professor Robert Langdon in three Dan Brown-based films: “The Da Vinci Code,” “Angels & Demons” and “Inferno.”
“This is the world, boys,” he said to a chorus of laughter.
Before Hanks walked to the podium to give a speech, Harvard President Lawrence Bacow, leaving the last graduation ceremony before the office, called Hanks, “Wilson’s friend, Ryan’s friend, the father of America, Ryan” and presented him with a Harvard basketball, in his role in “Abice”, where His behavior speaks to the old pillow to keep himself healthy.
Hanks proved to be the most popular person on stage, posing for six times with faculty members before the ceremony and congratulating dozens of Harvard students who graduated with top honors.
“Goodness and mercy follow you every day,” he said, referring to a Bible verse. “All the days of your life. Goodbye.”