Re: Has your life been influenced by a pop song?
"There is no pain, you are receding, a distant ship smoke on the horizon, you are only coming through in waves, your lips move but I can't hear what you'r saying, when I was child I had a fever, my hands felt just like two balloons, now I've got that feeling once again, I can't explain you would not understand This is not how I am........"
Sure, it's not my birthday song, but it has changed my lifes perspective in so many ways....
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