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Choose Wisely

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I found this quote in an email this morning from someone whom I admire greatly. It struck me so deeply, I wanted to share it. Italics and color, mine:

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 an outstanding reason for choosing some sort of God or spiritual-type thing … 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. 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 [bury] you…. Worship power – you will feel weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to keep 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.

[Worship of something greater than ourselves allows for] the really important kind of freedom involving attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able to truly care about other people and to sacrifice for them.

- David Foster Wallace, This is Water

What do you worship? Choose wisely.


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