Friday, September 19, 2008

Belief: Getting The Whole Deal Backwards

"Here's something,...that's true. In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is 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 to worship - be it JC or Allah, be it Yahweh or the Wiccan mother-goddess or the Four Noble Truths or some infrangible set of ethical principles - is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive."

-- David Foster Wallace, who killed himself last week, in a very moving speech that reveals his struggle with liberal NewAge self-involvement, reprinted by the Guardian U.K..

People, if you must believe in something, believe in: