“I don’t know who discovered water, but it definitely wasn’t a fish.” – Terence McKenna
Its been well said that familiarity breeds indifference. It can also breed, or rather lead, to a life lived on auto-pilot. Enter a helpful reality check from David Foster Wallace:
On a related note, wish I could take credit for the following insight, but it comes from London Real’s Brian Rose after smoking DMT for the first time:
“When we’re in our own consciousness; we don’t know we’re in it – because we’re swimming around in this water all the time. And when we perturb it, then we get to see the water that we’re in is actually water. We get to see that what we’re in, what we think is just normal life, is this consciousness. And it’s nice to perturb it every now and then because it gives you an appreciation of your own consciousness, it allows you to observe yourself outside of your normal day. And it’s nice sometimes to shock your consciousness and to realize that all of the manifestations inside our head are just a construct of our own brain.”
So, whether it’s through the use of psychedelics or just good old fashioned conscious introspection, take a moment to remind yourself now and again – this is water.
You can find DFW’s original commencement address in its entirety here.