When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960′s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and Polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.
斯图尔特和他的团队推出了几期《环球目录》,当他们完成使命时,便出版了最后一期。当时是70年代中期,那时的我和你们现在差不多大。最后一期的封底上有一张照片,照片上是一条清晨的乡间小路。如果你有冒险精神的话,在搭车出游时必然会去探寻这样的小路。照片下方有这样一句话:“求知若饥,虚心若愚。”这是他们停刊时留下的告别辞。求知若饥,虚心若愚。我一直都希望自己能做到这一点。现在,在你们即将毕业,开始新的旅程的时候, 我也希望你们能这样做。


idealistic: 理想主义的
run its course: 完成使命
hitchhiking: 搭乘
sign off: 停止签发,停止