I wish the guy who spoke at my speech day (OK, commencement if you insist) had said this. http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20120607youre_not_special
Takes up where the discussion on the value of the Olympics left off: "we have of late ... to our detriment, come to love accolades more than genuine achievement. We have come to see them as the point — and we’re happy to compromise standards, or ignore reality, if we suspect that’s the quickest way, or only way, to have something to put on the mantelpiece..."
Brilliant and very funny.