“But who do you say that I am?”
“‘They’re a rotten crowd,’ I shouted across the lawn. ‘You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.'”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
“Because here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually 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 the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship… or some inviolable set of ethical principles—is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you… Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. But the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they’re evil or sinful, it’s that they’re unconscious. They are default settings… ”
David Foster Wallace, This Is Water
“You’re gonna have to serve somebody.”
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
It’s so easy to lose your soul.
The most efficient way to kill it is to live without integrity, to believe one thing in your heart, and obey another.
In fact, all you have to do, to leave your soul gasping for breath, is live according to somebody else’s beliefs.
It doesn’t matter what other people believe, what society worships, what your mother thinks!
The most urgent question is: What do I think?
Who do I say He is?