None of this stuff is really about morality or religion or dogma or big fancy questions of 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; awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, all the time, that we have to keep reminding ourselves over and over:
'This is water.'
'This is water.'"
Excerpted from David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech, given to Kenyon College in 2005, three years before his death.
I had a hard time choosing a quotation from this, and almost chose the part about the horrible, no-good, very bad day that represents most routine days of our adult lives. But that’s missing the point. The point is this: this is water. Can you feel it? All around?(via thisisnotreallife)