“It seems to me that most of the stuff in my own life and in my friends’ life that’s interesting and true involves double binds or setups where you’re given two alternatives which are mutually exclusive and the sacrifices involved in either seem unacceptable. I mean … [aspirates in rapid staccato “tch-tch-tch-tch…”] I mean, one of the big ones is, the culture places a huge premium on achievement. How both to work hard enough and invest enough of yourself really to achieve something and yet retain the sort of integrity so that you’ve got a self apart from your achievement. It’s as if the culture is some Zen teacher, you know, whacking us no matter what we do. It’s very interesting. I’m not really quite sure why we set it up that way. I’m also… I gotta tell you, I’m worried these answers are just sounding totally insane.” —
David Foster Wallace (via maxistentialist)
Doesn’t sound the least bit crazy to me. Uh-oh.