Re: The Ask The Replier A Question Game #2
Don't see much of a difference between them at all. I actually think they are one in the same.
It's often stated that one ought to think using one's brain (a tautology, of course), but I've often experienced quite the opposite: using my head entails reasoning on the basis of the emotions I have.
Do you ever confuse social constraints telling you what to do vs. having genuine personal problems not involving other peoples criticisms of you?
The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. That is real freedom. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default-setting, the “rat race” — the constant gnawing sense of having had and lost some infinite thing. It is about simple awareness — awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, that we have to keep reminding ourselves, over and over: “This is water, this is water.” It is unimaginably hard to do this, to stay conscious and alive, day in and day out. - David Foster Wallace