a little wisdom from David Foster Wallace



(thank you Marta Zieba)

“As if how we construct meaning were not actually a matter of personal, intentional choice, of conscious decision. Plus, there’s the matter of arrogance… There is no such thing as not worshipping.

Everybody worships. The only choice we get is WHAT to worship…

If you worship money and things– if they are where you tap real meaning in life– then you will never have enough. Never feel you have enough. It’s the truth.

Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly, and when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally plant you…

Worship power– you will feel weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to keep the fear at bay.

Worship your intellect, being seen as smart– you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. And so on…

Our own present culture has harnessed these forces in ways that have yielded extraordinary wealth and comfort and personal freedom. The freedom to be lords of our tiny skull-sized kingdoms, alone at the center of all creation…

The really important freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.

That is real freedom.”

–from David Foster Wallace’s THIS IS WATER

Sep 13, 2009

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