If you really learn how to think, how to pay attention, then you’ll know you have other options. It will actually be within your power to experience a crowded, hot, slow consumer hell type situation as not only meaningful, but sacred, on fire with same force that lit the stars: love, fellowship, the mystical oneness of all things deep down -David Foster Wallace, from his 2005 commencement address, “This is Water”
You get to choose whether or not you view your life as an ever unfolding work of art or a series of unending challenges and drudgery.
In this short video, taken from the David Foster Wallace from his commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College, gives us a powerful lesson on how to transform the mundane into the magical.
None of this stuff is really about morality, or religion, or dogma, or big fancy questions about life after death. The capital “T” Truth is about life before death. It is about the real value of a real education, which has almost nothing to do with knowledge and everything to do with simple awareness. -David Foster Wallace, from his 2005 commencement address, “This is Water”