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This Is Water by David Foster Wallace
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Jul 11, 12

bookshelves: essaysandargument
Read in July, 2012

I had read this online a few years ago, and liked it a lot. Would not recommend reading it in this book form. The way this was printed did not flatter the text. Wallace's commencement speech is great, but probably wasn't meant to be read as a series of haiku length units.

Better: http://moreintelligentlife.com/story/...
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David Foster Wallace
“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 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 plant you. On one level, we all know this stuff already — it’s been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, bromides, epigrams, parables: the skeleton of every great story. The trick is keeping the truth up-front in daily consciousness. Worship power — you will feel weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to keep the 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.”
David Foster Wallace, This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life


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