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hiems   United States. May 06 2022 17:28. Posts 2757
"This, I submit, is the freedom of a real education, of learning how to be well-adjusted. You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn't. You get to decide what to worship.

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--be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, 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. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It's been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.

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.

They're the kind of worship you just gradually slip into, day after day, getting more and more selective about what you see and how you measure value without ever being fully aware that that's what you're doing.

And 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 centre of all creation. This kind of freedom has much to recommend it. But of course there are all different kinds of freedom, and the kind that is most precious you will not hear much talk about much in the great outside world of wanting and achieving.... 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.

That is real freedom. That is being educated, and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing.

I know that this stuff probably doesn't sound fun and breezy or grandly inspirational the way a commencement speech is supposed to sound. What it is, as far as I can see, is the capital-T Truth, with a whole lot of rhetorical niceties stripped away. You are, of course, free to think of it whatever you wish. But please don't just dismiss it as just some finger-wagging Dr Laura sermon. 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."

It is unimaginably hard to do this, to stay conscious and alive in the adult world day in and day out. Which means yet another grand cliché turns out to be true: your education really IS the job of a lifetime. And it commences: now.

I wish you way more than luck."

— David Foster Wallace (This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life)






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Santafairy   Korea (South). May 06 2022 19:28. Posts 2112

in honor of you always wanting a star that's what i rated this blog you fucking idiot

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hiems   United States. May 07 2022 03:08. Posts 2757


  On May 06 2022 18:28 Santafairy wrote:
in honor of you always wanting a star that's what i rated this blog you fucking idiot




Y u mean

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Santafairy   Korea (South). May 07 2022 04:45. Posts 2112

I would rather be mean than stupid

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hiems   United States. May 07 2022 12:35. Posts 2757

No u r stupid

IN MY OPINION... I am extremely smart

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PuertoRican   United States. May 08 2022 21:36. Posts 12751

Rekrul is a newb 

hiems   United States. May 09 2022 07:55. Posts 2757


  On May 08 2022 20:36 PuertoRican wrote:



I fucking knew it would be this fucking emoji I'm gonna shatter that fucking glass u dumb puertorican

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hiems   United States. May 09 2022 10:52. Posts 2757

BTW guys this David wallice guy ended up offing himself .

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Santafairy   Korea (South). May 09 2022 14:28. Posts 2112


  On May 09 2022 09:52 hiems wrote:
BTW guys this David wallice guy ended up offing himself .


oh my god wow that's so interesting you can have my toilet because i don't give a shit

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hiems   United States. May 09 2022 17:05. Posts 2757


  On May 09 2022 13:28 Santafairy wrote:
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oh my god wow that's so interesting you can have my toilet because i don't give a shit


im just worried about loco is all..

this guy is 1 of loco idols and he is following his teachings when he is a guy that end up offing himself.

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RiKD    United States. May 09 2022 17:28. Posts 7336

So, what would your commencement speech look like hiems?


hiems   United States. May 09 2022 17:48. Posts 2757

Stop Listenin 2 the dumb loco

Dis is the wat happn when u lisn 2 loco.

Loco!!! Loco!!! Loco1!!! (thats me pointin and shoutin his name while going through images of loco in action in my power point slide)

etc etc.

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RiKD    United States. May 10 2022 02:11. Posts 7336

By the way, what is bad about his speech?

Just because he hung himself doesn't make the speech bad.


RiKD    United States. May 10 2022 02:11. Posts 7336

Did you even read it? LOL


hiems   United States. May 10 2022 06:06. Posts 2757


  On May 10 2022 01:11 RiKD wrote:
By the way, what is bad about his speech?

Just because he hung himself doesn't make the speech bad.



Lol if the guy is talking about how he knows alot about life but is a depressed alcoholic that hangs himself, then yes id consider his little speech 2 be dumb. Not rocket science ...

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Santafairy   Korea (South). May 10 2022 06:08. Posts 2112

Anyone who says they know about life and isn't depressed is a charlatan

It seems to be not very profitable in the long run to play those kind of hands. - Gus Hansen 

hiems   United States. May 10 2022 07:15. Posts 2757


  On May 10 2022 05:08 Santafairy wrote:
Anyone who says they know about life and isn't depressed is a charlatan



This is true I'm not really happy myself which I think I've stated be4

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Santafairy   Korea (South). May 10 2022 10:03. Posts 2112

You're an idiot

You just agreed with the exact opposite of what you just said

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hiems   United States. May 10 2022 15:13. Posts 2757


  On May 10 2022 09:03 Santafairy wrote:
You're an idiot

You just agreed with the exact opposite of what you just said



im conceding ur point that u r implying y ru complain about that.

and i can concede the point and my original point can still be reasonabul. obv there is a diff between being a normal level of depressed and being a alcoholic + off himself person.

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hiems   United States. May 12 2022 21:55. Posts 2757

Honestly I think "loco as a cobra" meme is one of my top 5 best works.

#artist

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