“Here’s Something Else That’s True”

From “This is Water,” by David Foster Wallace

… [H]ere’s something else that’s 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.


This is freedom. And what we choose to worship will determine whether we use this fundamental freedom to progress to real freedom, or freely choose to worship something that will make us unfree (or eat us alive, in David Foster Wallace’s phrase).

We’re all endowed with and worthy of this freedom to choose what to worship. The question is whether we can become adequate to it.