Wednesday, January 22, 2014

David Foster Wallace quote

This was my favorite quote from my R.S. lesson last Sunday:

Quote by David Foster Wallace, American writer, graduate address at Kenyon College:

Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what we worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god . . . to worship . . . is that pretty much everything else you worship will eat you alive.
If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning to 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 [your loved ones] finally plant you. . . . Worship power, and 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.
 Look, the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they are evil or sinful, it is that they’re unconscious. They are default settings. 

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