View Full Version : great David Foster Wallace quote

September 30th, 2008, 02:07 AM
From a commencement speech he gave a few years ago which was, strangely enough, reprinted in full in the Wall Street Journal (not the usual source for Pagan inspiration)...

"But if you've really learned how to think, how to pay attention, then you will know you have other options. It will actually be within your power to experience a crowded, loud, slow, consumer-hell-type situation as not only meaningful but sacred, on fire with the same force that lit the stars -- compassion, love, the sub-surface unity of all things. Not that that mystical stuff's necessarily true: The only thing that's capital-T True is that you get to decide how you're going to try to see it. You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn't. You get to decide what to worship..."

I think this gets to the heart of a lot of what pantheism is about for me. Full text is available at http://reno.wsj.com/article/SB122178211966454607.html

September 30th, 2008, 03:04 AM
That was an excellent read spoilt by the irony of his apparent death!

I agree with everything he said, the real sin in life is the way in which the mundane and repetitious just grinds down our inspiration to live.