Have fun. Be careful. Stupid golf course.
Do you remember what it was like before you see what you see now? What can be learned from understanding that we don't always understand what is happening?
What is the skillful and appropriate thing to do when we don't get what we want? If there is no universal answer, how is there any way of preparing oneself for life's inevitable disappointments and frustrations of desires?
How might Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back teach us in any way about freewill, intentionality, and goal-setting? Do the apparently deep subtexts of certain scenes contain anything other than vaguely humanist platitudes?
Are we patient enough with the sometimes very different preferences others have in matters of culture such as politics, religion, and art? If not, how can we improve our compassionate selves so as to be more accepting of such diversity?
I was a student of David Foster Wallace in grad school. He taught me fiction writing. I taught him a little calculus. For better and/or worse, he always put being authentic before success in anything. Like me I think he found his successes as difficult to process and navigate as his failures. None of which is to take into account the subjectivity of the success/failure spectrum. Self-critical behavior during the trance of depression is about as rational and logical as self-deprecating humor. Gosh, what would he write about Trump/Covid? He'd find a way to elaborate with Twitter, I'm sure. Anyway, In 2016 I wrote this unsuccessful attempt to connect to people through mental illness by way of Dave's legacy. Read if you like, but it wasn't my voice.