Even though graduation season is over and back-to-school season is in full swing, The New York Times recently reprinted George Saunders’s advice to Syracuse University’s Class of 2013. In the vast sea of platitudinous graduation speeches about success as self-actualization, Saunders’s comments come as a welcome exception:

What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness – those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded… sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.

We’ll let his words speak for themselves; they deserve a few minutes of your time. What do you think: is Saunders’s advice the message graduates need to hear? What would you tell young graduates, if given the opportunity?