Thought for the day

David Foster Wallace:

In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is no such thing as not worshiping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship, else (what) 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.”

2 thoughts on “Thought for the day

  1. Two quotes:
    Jesus: “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

    Martin Luther’s Large Catechism: “Question: What does it mean to have a god? or, what is God? Answer: A god means that from which we are to expect all good and to which we are to take refuge in all distress …That upon which you set your heart and put your trust is properly your god.”

  2. Wallace could be fatuous, despite his brilliance. I like this passage from a New Yorker article about Clarence Darrow, who was never fatuous: “[Darrow] liked to say that creeds were dope: ‘No one can find life tolerable without dope. The Catholics are right, the Christian Scientists are right, the Methodists are right, the drunkards are right.’ He thought his own dope was pessimism. It wasn’t. His dope was compassion. He despaired for humanity mainly because he didn’t meet many of his kind of addict. The problem is, you can’t teach sympathy; like imagination, either you have it or you don’t.”

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