Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.

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—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. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. 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. 

David Foster Wallace
Excerpt from his Kenyon College Commencement Address

You have so much to offer the world. You have not even scratched the surface of your potential and your ability to help others. We get swept into thinking that we need to the focus on us. To make ourselves happier, better off, and more attractive than others. What do we gain by separating ourselves from others ,from nature, and from everything. We dig deeper into the illusion that external gratification will be enough. The unending pursuit of wealth, fame and beauty. The great desire to be loved and validated. When loving others, and loving oneself will deliver more enduring rewards. But before you move into full denial of such worship, stop and reflect on the mindless treadmill you are presently on. The treadmill of accumulation, of status, of forestalling the aging process. Our over-weight need for approval. We all unconsciously kneel at the alter of maintaining the facades of our success and our happiness. What if we invested most of that energy into actually being good, and less on looking good? To open our hearts to the world around us. Think about your legacy, the impact you have and can have on the world. Get off the treadmills. Wake up and appreciate the opportunities you have been surrounded with. Focus on being you, the best you. The you embedded into a beautiful web of life. Lead with love.  And you will be lavished with a life of meaning, purpose and joy.

Carracci's The Choice of Hercules

Which path virtue, the tougher uphill journey to the top of the mountain where Pegasus waits. Or the easy road of vice, where selfish pleasures beckon?
Almost 45 square feet. It stunned me when I saw this in Naples.

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