whether secret Mennonite or manifest agnostic, dfw remains one of my favorite writers for the strength and verve of his prose.
came back again tonight to ‘Water’ and just want to remind myself of this:
and he begins to wrap things up with this:
“…the so-called real world will not discourage you from operating on your default settings, because the so-called real world of men and money and power hums merrily along in a pool of fear and anger and frustration and craving and worship of self. Our own present culture has harnessed these forces in ways that have yielded extraordinary wealth and comfort and personal freedom. The freedom all to be lords of our tiny skull-sized kingdoms, alone at the center of all creation…
The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day.”
ahhh… in a time like this where so many of us are being plucked from the comfortable tracks that were laid long ago (kindergarten? pre-school??), how important and absolutely essential it is to be reminded that there is something more than my prospective income, my firm’s retention rate, my ability to have a career that i can name-drop and feel good about. help us Lord – there are so many who are in need – how can we meet that need?