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May 6th, 2004
08:44 pm


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While discussing his own and his generation's ennui, David Foster Wallace said:
It seems to me that the intellectualization and aestheticizing of principles and values in this country is one of the things that's gutted our generation. All the things that my parents said to me, like "It's really important not to lie." OK, check, got it. I nod at that but I really don't feel it. Until I get to be about 30 and I realize that if I lie to you, I also can't trust you. I feel that I'm in pain, I'm nervous, I'm lonely and I can't figure out why. Then I realize, "Oh, perhaps the way to deal with this is really not to lie." The idea that something so simple and, really, so aesthetically uninteresting -- which for me meant you pass over it for the interesting, complex stuff -- can actually be nourishing in a way that arch, meta, ironic, pomo stuff can't, that seems to me to be important. That seems to me like something our generation needs to feel.
   -- David Foster Wallace, in a Salon.com Interview.
I think that what Wallace describes is indeed the case with several people I've known. His words helped me understand them better.

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Date:May 6th, 2004 08:48 pm (UTC)
Sorry, but I don't think I get it. What is it he's saying? That principles should be seperate from an intellectual process of reasoning to be meaningful? That we are focusing on the wrong principles because of a futile intellectual reasoning? What?
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Date:May 6th, 2004 10:01 pm (UTC)
That we are passing over some important principles because they don't render an aesthetic or an intellectual service for us.
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Date:May 7th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC)
This is even more cryptic.
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Date:May 7th, 2004 05:34 am (UTC)

As a poet once said

Keep it real, YO!
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Date:May 7th, 2004 03:29 pm (UTC)


I know what he is talking about.

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