Unexpected Answers to Life’s Biggest Questions

Just returned from Camp of the Woods in northern Ontario Canada.  Sounds like its way north, well
yeah it pretty much is.  Love going to this camp even if it is a long drive.  Some of my closest friends make the trip every year to help out the camp and get it ready for the kids coming during the summer.  Sure we did some good work, but mostly this is about investing time with friends in a great setting.  Not to mention you can run, bike and swim with whatever energy you have left. 

This year I came away with the some interesting answers to life’s biggest questions.  Mostly thanks to a book I had the opportunity to read from Manhattans own Timothy Keller.  The book is titled “Unexpected Answers to Life’s Biggest Questions”.  I’ll cut to the chase and offer the best part of the book for me (page 29-30):

“David Foster Wallace. He go to the top of his profession.  He was an award-winning, bestselling postmodern novelist known around the world for his boundary-pushing storytelling.  A few years before the end of his life, he gave a now-famous commencement speech at Kenyon College.  He said to the graduating class:  Everybody worships.  The only choice we get is what to worship.  And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god … 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.  It’s the truth.  Worship your own 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 your loved ones finally plant you …  Worship power, and 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.  Look, the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they are evil or sinful; it is that they’re unconscious.  They are the default settings.

Wallace was by no means a religious person, but he understood that everyone worships, everyone trusts in something for their salvation, everyone bases their lives on something that requires faith.  A couple of years after giving that speech, Wallace killed himself.  And this nonreligious man’s parting words to us are pretty terrifying: “Something will eat you alive.”  Because even though you might never call it worship, you can be absolutely sure you are worshiping and you are seeking.  And Jesus says, “Unless you’re worshiping me, unless I’m the center of your life, unless you’re trying to get your spiritual thirst quenched through me and not through these other things, unless you see that the solution must come inside rather than just pass by outside, then whatever you worship will abandon you in the end.

Highly recommend you get a copy and read it.  Canada, more than just the land of moose and beautiful sunsets.


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