“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 own 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 plant you.
On one level, we all know this stuff already — it’s been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, bromides, epigrams, parables: the skeleton of every great story.
The trick is keeping the truth up-front in daily consciousness.
Worship power —
you will feel weak and afraid, and
you will need ever more power over others
to keep the fear at bay.
Worship your intellect,
being seen as smart —
you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud,
always on the verge of being found out.
And so on.”
David Foster Wallace