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“Because here's something else that's weird but true: in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship--be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles--is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. 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 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 grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It's been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.

Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. But the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they're evil or sinful, it's that they're unconscious. They are default settings.

They're the kind of worship you just gradually slip into, day after day, getting more and more selective about what you see and how you measure value without ever being fully aware that that's what you're doing.”


- David Foster Wallace, This is Water:


The above was taken from D.F.W.'s, "THIS IS WATER"... Read More Here! - http://moreintelligentlife.com/story/david-foster-wallace-in-his-own-words

Quickie excerpts from "THIS IS WATER".

Who was David Foster Wallace, author of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinite_Jest? WIKI HERE

ttbook.org AUDIO: Amy-Wallace Havens speaks of her beloved brother, David Foster Wallace.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Totally_Fun_Thing_That_Bart_Will_Never_Do_Again

Comments:


Evil Tracey
eviltracey at 2013-04-01 04:48 (UTC) (Lien)
The "Simpsons" episode linked here was actually a pretty good one. (When I heard about that cruise ship from hell earlier this year, I thought about that episode.)
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2013-04-02 16:59 (UTC) (Lien)
i added taht link thinking of you. i'm not sure if i've seen the episode. i think there was some similar movie - the andromeda strain - or was that water world..
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