作者 | 马克·扎克伯格(Mark Zuckerberg)
在演讲中，扎克伯格着重强调”使命感“（a sense of purpose）：" 我们这一代人的挑战是创造一个人人都有使命感的世界。”
他呼吁：“让我们不仅创造进步，更要创造使命。”(Let's do big things not only to create progress but purpose.)
我本不可能是站在这里发表演讲的人，不仅仅因为我是一名辍学生，还因为其实我们是同一代人。我作为学生走在这个校园里，也就是不过十年前的事情。我们学习过同样的知识，同样在EC10课堂上补觉。尽管我们通过不同的方式来到这里，尤其那些来自Quad园区的同学（The Quad以前是Radcliffe College的女生宿舍。Radcliffe从1879至1977年是哈佛的女性学院，1977年汇入哈佛）；但今天我想和你们分享的是，我对我们这代人的一些想法，和我们正在合力建设的这个世界。
你们还记得在哈佛上的第一节课吗？我上的是计算机121，Harry Lewis老师超级棒。当时我要迟到了，于是抓了件T恤就套在身上，结果直到下午才发现我把它前后里外都穿反了，商标都露在前胸。然后我还纳闷怎么没人理我，除了一个人，KX Jin，他没有在意这些。之后，我们开始组队解决难题，现在他负责Facebook很大一块业务。这说明什么？2017的毕业生们，这说明为什么你们应该对别人友善一些。
在地球摧毁之前，如何阻止气候变化？如何让数百万人愿意参与制造和安装太阳能电池板？ 如何治愈所有疾病？如何要求志愿者跟踪他们的健康数据和分享他们的基因组？ 今天，我们可能要花上50倍的价格去治疗病人，而不是找到一种治疗方法让人类第一时间无法染上疾病。这并不合理，我们可以解决这个问题。 民主现代化如何让每个人都能在网上投票，以及通过个性化教育让每个人都能学习？
现在，只要在尝试很多新想法的时候，创业文化就会蓬勃发展。 Facebook并不是我做的第一件事，我还做过游戏、聊天系统、学习工具和音乐播放器。我并不孤独， 因为JK罗琳在出版《哈利波特》之前被拒绝了12次，即使碧昂丝也不得不写了数百首歌曲，才有了今天Halo这首歌获得的光环。最大的成功来自于我们享有失败的自由。
这也是为什么当初 Priscilla 和我启动了Chan Zuckerberg Initiative，并承诺要我们的财富去促进机会平等。这些是我们这代人的价值。”要不要这样做”从来都不是问题，唯一的问题是“什么时候去做”。
我教他们在产品开发和市场营销中应当吸取的教训，从他们身上，我学到了当自己的种族受到社会关注、或有家庭成员身陷囹圄时的感受。 我向他们分享了我读书时的故事，他们分享了对走进大学深造的渴望。 五年来，我每个月都会和这些孩子一起共进一次晚餐。其中有一个孩子，为我与Priscilla的第一个宝宝在出生前，举办了宝宝洗礼派对。明年，这些孩子们都要上大学了，是的，他们每一个都要上大学了，而且他们都将骄傲地成为自己家族里第一名大学生。
回顾历史，历史的车轮总是青睐于更大基数的集体 - 从部落到城市到国家 - 来实现我们不能单独做的事情。
我们认为现在最大的机会是全球性的 - 我们可以成为终结贫穷和结束疾病的一代人。但同时我们也意识到我们面临的巨大挑战也需要全球性的协作 - 没有一个国家可以单独应对气候变化或预防全球大瘟疫。要想取得进步不能靠单个城市或国家，更是要团结全球社会。
我遇到了David Razu Aznar，今天从肯尼迪政治学院毕业（对现场说，David站起来）。
改变源于身边。甚至全球性的改变也是源自微小的事物 —— 和我们一样的人。在我们这一代，我们的努力能否连接更多人和事，能否把握我们最大的机遇，都归结于这一点 —— 你是否有能力搭建社群并且创造一个所有人都能有使命感的世界。
还记得我前面提到的我在Boys and Girls Club教授的课程吗？有一天下课后，我正和他们谈论大学，其中一个顶尖的学生举手说道他并不确定他是否可以上大学因为他是没有身份的。他完全不知道，大学会不会批准他入学！
"May the source of strength, who blessed the ones before us, help us *find the courage* to make our lives a blessing."
President Faust, Board of Overseers, faculty, alumni, friends, proud parents, members of the ad board, and graduates of the greatest university in the world,
I'm honored to be with you today because, let's face it, you accomplished something I never could. If I get through thisspeech, it'll be the first time I actually finish something at Harvard. Class of 2017, congratulations!
I'm an unlikely speaker, not just because I dropped out, but because we're technically in the same generation. We walked this yard less than a decade apart, studied the same ideas and slept through the same Ec10 lectures. We may have taken different paths to get here, especially if you came all the way from the Quad, but today I want to share what I've learned about our generation and the world we're building together.
But first, the last couple of days have brought back a lot of good memories.
How many of you remember exactly what you were doing when you got that email telling you that you got into Harvard? I was playing Civilization and I ran downstairs, got my dad, and for some reason, his reaction was to video me opening the email. That could have been a really sad video. I swear getting into Harvard is still the thing my parents are most proud of me for.
What about your first lecture at Harvard? Mine was Computer Science 121 with the incredible Harry Lewis. I was late so I threw on a t-shirt and didn't realize until afterwards it was inside out and backwards with my tag sticking out the front. I couldn't figure out why no one would talk to me -- except one guy, KX Jin, he just went with it. We ended updoing our problem sets together, and now he runs a big part of Facebook. Andthat, Class of 2017, is why you should be nice to people.
But my best memory from Harvard was meeting Priscilla. I had just launched this prank website Facemash, and the ad board wanted to "see me". Everyone thought I was going to get kicked out. My parents came to help me pack. My friends threw me a going away party. A sluck would have it, Priscilla was at that party with her friend. We met in linefor the bathroom in the Pfoho Belltower, and in what must be one of the all time romantic lines, I said: "I'm going to get kicked out in three days, so we need to go on a date quickly."
Actually, any of you graduating can use that line.
I didn't end up getting kicked out -- I did that to myself. Priscilla and I started dating. And, you know, that movie made it seem like Facemash was so important to creating Facebook. It wasn't. But without Facemash I wouldn't have met Priscilla, and she's the most important person in my life, so you could say it was the most important thing I built in my time here.
We've all started life long friendships here, and some of us even families. That's why I'm so grateful to this place.Thanks, Harvard.
Today I want to talk about purpose. But I'mnot here to give you the standard commencement about finding your purpose.We're millennials. We'll try to do that instinctively. Instead, I'm here totell you finding your purpose isn't enough. The challenge for our generation iscreating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.
One of my favorite stories is when John FKennedy visited the NASA space center, he saw a janitor carrying a broom and hewalked over and asked what he was doing. The janitor responded: "Mr.President, I'm helping put a man on the moon".
Purpose is that sense that we are part ofsomething bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness.
You're graduating at a time when this isespecially important. When our parents graduated, purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community. But today, technology and automation areeliminating many jobs. Membership in communities is declining. Many people feel disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void.
As I've traveled around, I've sat with children in juvenile detention and opioid addicts, who told me their lives could have turned out differently if they just had something to do, an after school program or somewhere to go. I've met factory workers who know their old jobs aren't coming back and are trying to find their place.
To keep our society moving forward, we havea generational challenge -- to not only create new jobs, but create a renewed sense of purpose.
I remember the night I launched Facebookfrom my little dorm in Kirkland House. I went to Noch's with my friend KX. I remember telling him I was excited to connect the Harvard community, but one day someone would connect the whole world.
The thing is, it never even occurred to me that someone might be us. We were just college kids. We didn't know anything about that. There were all these big technology companies with resources. I just assumed one of them would do it. But this idea was so clear to us -- that all people want to connect. So we just kept moving forward, day by day.
I know a lot of you will have your ownstories just like this. A change in the world that seems so clear you're suresomeone else will do it. But they won't. You will.
But it's not enough to have purpose yourself. You have to create a sense of purpose for others.
I found that out the hard way. You see, my hope was never to build a company, but to make an impact. And as all these people started joining us, I just assumed that's what they cared about too, so I never explained what I hoped we'd build.
A couple years in, some big companies wanted to buy us. I didn't want to sell. I wanted to see if we could connect more people. We were building the first News Feed, and I thought if we could just launch this, it could change how we learn about the world.
Nearly everyone else wanted to sell. Without a sense of higher purpose, this was the startup dream come true. It tore our company apart. After one tense argument, an advisor told me if I didn't agree to sell, I would regret the decision for the rest of my life.Relationships were so frayed that within a year or so every single person onthe management team was gone.
That was my hardest time leading Facebook. I believed in what we were doing, but I felt alone. And worse, it was my fault. I wondered if I was just wrong, an imposter, a 22 year-old kid who had no idea how the world worked.
Now, years later, I understand that *is* how things work with no sense of higher purpose. It's up to us to create it sowe can all keep moving forward together.
Today I want to talk about three ways tocreate a world where everyone has a sense of purpose: by taking on bigmeaningful projects together, by redefining equality so everyone has thefreedom to pursue purpose, and by building community across the world.
First, let's take on big meaningful projects.
Our generation will have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars and trucks.But we have the potential to do so much more together.
Every generation has its defining works. More than 300,000 people worked to put a man on the moon – including thatjanitor. Millions of volunteers immunized children around the world against polio. Millions of more people built the Hoover dam and other great projects.
These projects didn't just provide purposefor the people doing those jobs, they gave our whole country a sense of pridethat we could do great things.
Now it's our turn to do great things. Iknow, you're probably thinking: I don't know how to build a dam, or get amillion people involved in anything.
But let me tell you a secret: no one does when they begin. Ideas don't come out fully formed. They only become clear asyou work on them. You just have to get started.
If I had to understand everything about connecting people before I began, I never would have started Facebook.
Movies and pop culture get this all wrong.The idea of a single eureka moment is a dangerous lie. It makes us feel in adequate since we haven't had ours. It prevents people with seeds of good ideas from getting started. Oh, you know what else movies get wrong about innovation? No one writes math formulas on glass. That's not a thing.
It's good to be idealistic. But be prepared to be misunderstood. Anyone working on a big vision will get called crazy, evenif you end up right. Anyone working on a complex problem will get blamed fornot fully understanding the challenge, even though it's impossible to know everything upfront. Anyone taking initiative will get criticized for moving toofast, because there's always someone who wants to slow you down.
In our society, we often don't do bigthings because we're so afraid of making mistakes that we ignore all the things wrong today if we do nothing. The reality is, anything we do will have issues in the future. But that can't keep us from starting.
So what are we waiting for? It's time forour generation-defining public works. How about stopping climate change before we destroy the planet and getting millions of people involved manufacturing and installing solar panels? How about curing all diseases and asking volunteers to track their health data and share their genomes? Today we spend 50x more treating people who are sick than we spend finding cures so people don’t get sick in the first place. That makes no sense. We can fix this. How about modernizing democracy so everyone can vote online, and personalizing education so everyonecan learn?
These achievements are within our reach. Let's do them all in a way that gives everyone in our society a role. Let's dobig things, not only to create progress, but to create purpose.
So taking on big meaningful projects is the first thing we can do to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.
The second is redefining equality to give everyone the freedom they need to pursue purpose.
Many of our parents had stable jobs throughout their careers. Now we're all entrepreneurial, whether we're starting projects or finding or role. And that's great. Our culture of entrepreneurshipis how we create so much progress.
Now, an entrepreneurial culture thriveswhen it's easy to try lots of new ideas. Facebook wasn't the first thing I built. I also built games, chat systems, study tools and music players. I'm not alone. JK Rowling got rejected 12 times before publishing Harry Potter. Even Beyonce had to make hundreds of songs to get Halo. The greatest successes come from having the freedom to fail.
But today, we have a level of wealth inequality that hurts everyone. When you don't have the freedom to take your idea and turn it into a historic enterprise, we all lose. Right now our society is way over-indexed on rewarding success and we don't do nearly enough to make it easy for everyone to take lots of shots.
Let's face it. There is something wrong with our system when I can leave here and make billions of dollars in 10 years while millions of students can't afford to pay off their loans, let alone starta business.
Look, I know a lot of entrepreneurs, and I don't know a single person who gave up on starting a business because they might not make enough money. But I know lots of people who haven't pursued dreams because they didn't have a cushion to fall back on if they failed.
We all know we don't succeed just by havinga good idea or working hard. We succeed by being lucky too. If I had to support my family growing up instead of having time to code, if I didn't know I'd be fine if Facebook didn't work out, I wouldn't be standing here today. If we're honest, we all know how much luck we've had.
Every generation expands its definition ofequality. Previous generations fought for the vote and civil rights. They hadthe New Deal and Great Society. Now it's our time to define a new socialcontract for our generation.
We should have a society that measures progress not just by economic metrics like GDP, but by how many of us have arole we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income togive everyone a cushion to try new things. We’re going to change jobs many times, so we need affordable childcare to get to work and healthcare that aren't tied to one company. We're all going to make mistakes, so we need asociety that focuses less on locking us up or stigmatizing us. And as technology keeps changing, we need to focus more on continuous education throughout our lives.
And yes, giving everyone the freedom to pursue purpose isn't free. People like me should pay for it. Many of you will do well and you should too.
That's why Priscilla and I started the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and committed our wealth to promoting equal opportunity.These are the values of our generation. It was never a question of if we were going to do this. The only question was when.
Millennials are already one of the most charitable generations in history. In one year, three of four US millennials made a donation and seven out of ten raised money for charity.
But it's not just about money. You can also give time. I promise you, if you take an hour or two a week -- that's all it takes to give someone a hand, to help them reach their potential.
Maybe you think that's too much time. I used to. When Priscilla graduated from Harvard she became a teacher, and before she'd do education work with me, she told me I needed to teach a class. I complained: "Well, I'm kind of busy. I'm running this company." But she insisted, so I taught a middle school program on entrepreneurship at the local Boys and Girls Club.
I taught them lessons on product development and marketing, and they taught me what it's like feeling targeted for your race and having a family member in prison. I shared stories from my time in school, and they shared their hope of one day going to college too. For five years now, I’ve been having dinner with those kids every month. One of them threw me and Priscilla our first baby shower. And next year they’re going to college. Every one of them. First in their families.
We can all make time to give someone ahand. Let's give everyone the freedom to pursue their purpose -- not only because it's the right thing to do, but because when more people can turn their dreams into something great, we're all better for it.
Purpose doesn't only come from work. The third way we can create a sense of purpose for everyone is by building community. And when our generation says "everyone", we mean everyone in the world.
Quick show of hands: how many of you are from another country? Now, how many of you are friends with one of these folks? Now we're talking. We have grown up connected.
In a survey asking millennials around the world what defines our identity, the most popular answer wasn't nationality, religionor ethnicity, it was "citizen of the world". That's a big deal.
Every generation expands the circle of people we consider "one of us". For us, it now encompasses the entire world.
We understand the great arc of human history bends towards people coming together in ever greater numbers -- from tribes to cities to nations -- to achieve things we couldn't on our own.
We get that our greatest opportunities are now global -- we can be the generation that ends poverty, that ends disease. We get that our greatest challenges need global responses too -- no country canfight climate change alone or prevent pandemics. Progress now requires coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.
But we live in an unstable time. There are people left behind by globalization across the world. It's hard to care about people in other places if we don’t feel good about our lives here at home.There’s pressure to turn inwards.
This is the struggle of our time. The forces of freedom, openness and global community against the forces of authoritarianism, isolationism and nationalism. Forces for the flow of knowledge, trade and immigration against those who would slow them down. This is not a battle of nations, it's a battle of ideas. There are people in everycountry for global connection and good people against it.
This isn't going to be decided at the UN either. It's going to happen at the local level, when enough of us feel a sense of purpose and stability in our own lives that we can open up and start caring about everyone. The best way to do that is to start building local communities right now.
We all get meaning from our communities.Whether our communities are houses or sports teams, churches or music groups, they give us that sense we are part of something bigger, that we are not alone; they give us the strength to expand our horizons.
That's why it's so striking that fordecades, membership in all kinds of groups has declined as much as one-quarter.That's a lot of people who now need to find purpose somewhere else.
But I know we can rebuild our communitiesand start new ones because many of you already are.
I met Agnes Igoye, who's graduating today.Where are you, Agnes? She spent her childhood navigating conflict zones inUganda, and now she trains thousands of law enforcement officers to keepcommunities safe.
I met Kayla Oakley and Niha Jain,graduating today, too. Stand up. Kayla and Niha started a non-profit that connects people suffering from illnesses with people in their communities willing to help.
I met David Razu Aznar, graduating from the Kennedy School today. David, stand up. He’s a former city councilor who successfully led the battle to make Mexico City the first Latin American city to pass marriage equality -- even before San Francisco.
This is my story too. A student in a dormroom, connecting one community at a time, and keeping at it until one day we connect the whole world.
Change starts local. Even global changesstart small -- with people like us. 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 purpose.
Class of 2017, you are graduating into a world that needs purpose. It's up to you to create it.
Now, you may be thinking: can I really do this?
Remember when I told you about that class I taught at the Boys and Girls Club? One day after class I was talking to them about college, and one of my top students raised his hand and said he wasn't sure he could go because he's undocumented. He didn't know if they'd let him in.
Last year I took him out to breakfast for his birthday. I wanted to get him a present, so I asked him and he started talking about students he saw struggling and said "You know, I'd really just like a book on social justice."
I was blown away. Here's a young guy who has every reason to be cynical. He didn't know if the country he calls home --the only one he's known -- would deny him his dream of going to college. But he wasn't feeling sorry for himself. He wasn't even thinking of himself. He has a greater sense of purpose, and he's going to bring people along with him.
It says something about our currentsituation that I can't even say his name because I don't want to put him at risk. But if a high school senior who doesn't know what the future holds can do his part to move the world forward, then we owe it to the world to do our part too.
Before you walk out those gates one last time, as we sit in front of Memorial Church, I am reminded of a prayer, MiShebeirach, that I say whenever I face a challenge, that I sing to my daughter thinking about her future when I tuck her into bed. It goes:
"May the source of strength, who blessed the ones before us, help us *find the courage* to make our lives a blessing."
I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing.
Congratulations, Class of '17! Good luck out there.