Find something healthy to worship

Painting of a mountain landscape with figures crouched beneath the mountains and a hiker walking between them.

In Russ Roberts’ My Twelve Rules for Life (recommended reading in full) rule number two is to find something healthy to worship. I hadn’t thought about it in this way, but we all worship something. Best to choose something worthy.

David Foster Wallace says it well:

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.

This is from the famous This is Water speech that I needed to re-watch. So glad this came up today.

Listen to this specific section here:

🗒 Found in the most recent Tim Ferriss 5-Bullet Friday email.

🖼️ The featured image at the top of this post is a watercolor painting of mine.

One response

  1. “This is Water” by DFW is one of my favorite speeches. Ever.

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