I've seen this video linked in several places lately, and when I watched it, I thought it would tie in nicely with my post from yesterday. A lot of it has a similar tone--change your perspective, and people become something different to you.
A fair bit of the conversation I've seen about it centers on the fact that David Foster Wallace committed suicide, that he was very depressed and that it shows through in the speech. I won't argue with that; it's absolutely true that there are hints of his despair here, of his hopelessness. He doesn't pretend otherwise. What I will argue is that it's worth it anyway. That the good piles are worth building even when they don't change the outcome, and that making the deliberate choice to see the world in positive ways as much as is possible for you is a benefit.
Which isn't to say that the two things are mutually exclusive, at all, and only a few of those who bring it up seem to think so, but there are those few people among the crowd whose tone implies that the message is lost because this act of kindness and preservation didn't ultimately save him. I don't think that's true at all.