There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning boys! How’s the water?” The two young fish swim on for a bit, until eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?”
This short story was deployed by David Foster Wallace during a commencement speech he gave at a liberal arts school. The speech which followed was not decorated with flowery language and neither did it hide behind a wall of grandiose, yet vague ideas, such as the one about following your passion. The author did not pretend to be a wise, self-actualised guru who will teach you to be rich. There’s nothing being sold, no programmes to be bought and no community to become a part of. It was just a guy expressing an idea which he thought people could find valuable. It was just a guy being honest.
I want this blog to be this way as well.
As oppose to Mr. Wallace, I am not a higher education lecturer and I have never attended Harvard. I have never written a book, never given an interview at a late night show with a suited host and I don’t think I ever will, or even intend to. I will not compete with people in the regard of my education, experience or intelligence, or any of the virtues we think society expects us to uphold. My goal is not to make you see me as someone to be admired, or to present to you my scientifically supported, philosophically non-contradictory, empirical-evidence based opinion. This game of accolades is not for me of interest, nor, I would argue, of any benefit either. I am not an impressive person in any regards, and all I want is to share what it feels to be that way. To read this blog is to read a person, to dive into their pool and open up your soring eyes to see the sun from down below. I cannot promise you that you will swim, nor can I land you a hand if you begin to drown, but if all goes well, by the end you should be pretty fucking wet.
And by the way… The name of this website is a reference to one of my favourite shows of all time, called Scrubs. If you ever have some free time, definitely give it a go. Peace
(and start with episode four)