Thursday, February 7, 2013

What do you worship?

"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 many 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...then you will never have enough. 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. 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, you will end up feeling like a fraud, always on the verge of being found out."

David Foster Wallace, 2005, This is Water