今回から始まるこのシリーズでは、チャーリー・マンガーの講演などを収録した『Poor Charlie's Almanack』から講演その10(Talk Ten)を全訳でご紹介します。南カリフォルニア大学のロースクールを卒業する学生に向けた祝辞ですので、ハーバード・ロースクールを卒業して弁護士として活躍していたチャーリーにはもってこいの聴衆です。


Charlie Munger – USC Law Commencement Speech (genius.com)





USC Gould School of Law Commencement Address
The University of Southern California
May 13, 2007

Well, no doubt many of you are wondering why the speaker is so old. (Audience laughs.) Well, the answer is obvious: He hasn't died yet. (Audience laughs.) And why was this speaker chosen? Well I don't know that. I'd like to think that the development department had nothing to do with it.

Whatever the reason, I think it's fitting that I'm speaking here because I see a crowd of older people in the rear, not wearing robes. And I know, from having educated an army of descendants, who it is that really deserves a lot of the honors that are being given today to the robe-wearing students in front. The sacrifice, and the wisdom, and the value transfer, that come from one generation to the next should always be appreciated. I also take pleasure from this sea of Asian faces to my left. All my life I have admired Confucius. I like the idea of "filial piety", of ideas that are taught and duties that come naturally, that should be passed onto the next generation. You people who don't think there's anything in this idea, please note how fast these Asian people are rising in American life. I think they have something.

All right, I've scratched out a few notes, and I'm going to try and just give an account of certain ideas and attitudes that have worked well for me. I don't claim that they're perfect for everybody. But I think many of them contain universal values and many of them are "can't fail" ideas.

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