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Put your hand up if you have thought about death.


The end of the world.

I’ve thought about all of these things many, many times. It’s called an

‘existential crisis’; a moment in which you stop, and question whether

life has any meaning or purpose, seeing as we’re all going to die in the

end. This usually ends in me crying alone at three am while stress-

eating, but that’s a different story.

Because this speech is supposed to be uplifting, I’m going to talk

to you all about living for today. The famous Latin proverb, ‘carpe

diem’, translates roughly to “seize the day, for tomorrow you will

die.” Aside from the death part, it’s pretty motivational. ‘Live for

today, for tomorrow never comes.’ Another famous proverb. With

imminent death looming upon us, it’s important to focus on

the now.

So, straight up, I’ve already lied to you. I said this was going to be

an ‘uplifting’ and ‘motivational’ speech. Yeah… no. So sit down,

fasten your seatbelts, grab some popcorn, ladies and gentlemen,

because today I’m going to talk you through all the ways the world

might end.

Right, so I was going to go through the whole sun-exploding-

earth-ending-fire-death scenario, but by now everyone’s heard that.

It just doesn’t… scare me enough. Has anyone here heard of the ‘ice’

theory? To save you all from the boring science formulas and

equations and logic and stuff, it pretty much works like this: water

doesn’t freeze without ‘impurities’ or imperfections. This means

water can get a lot colder that zero degrees without freezing,



water is completely purified and perfect. How does this relate to

the universe? We have reason to believe that our universe works

similarly. Many think that our entire universe is like purified water;

completely free of flaws. But as soon as a tiny flaw, imperfection,

impurity is introduced…

Done. Frozen. End. Goodbye. Next chapter.

So if science stuff isn’t the end of us, it’ll almost certainly be us.

Humanity. Global warming. Greenhouse gases. Holes in the ozone.

Tragedy after tragedy. Bad political leaders… Donald, we’re onto you,

mate. Not to be all ‘yay-flowers-trees’-ish, but we’re not living


Carpe Diem

Anna Timm

Orator Of The Year