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Fish Story

"There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet
an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says,
"Morning, boys, how's the water?" And the two young fish swim on for a
bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, 'What the hell is water?'…

…if you've really learned how to think, how to pay attention, then
you will know you have other options. It will be within your power to
experience a crowded, loud, slow, consumer-hell-type situation as not
only meaningful but sacred, on fire with the same force that lit the
stars – compassion, love, the sub-surface unity of all things…the only thing that's capital-T
True is that you get to decide how you're going to try to see it…

…the most obvious, ubiquitous, important realities are often the ones that are the hardest to see and talk about…The capital-T Truth is about life before death. It is about making it
to 30, or maybe 50, without wanting to shoot yourself in the head. It
is about simple awareness – awareness of what is so real and essential,
so hidden in plain sight all around us, that we have to keep reminding
ourselves, over and over: 'This is water, this is water.'"

David Foster Wallace

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