Denouement: David Foster Wallace-Kenyon Commencement Speech 2005

Think of the old cliché about “the mind being an excellent servant but a terrible master”.

This, like many clichés, so lame and unexciting on the surface, actually expresses a great and terrible truth. It is not the least bit coincidental that adults who commit suicide with firearms almost always shoot themselves in: the head. They shoot the terrible master. And the truth is that most of these suicides are actually dead long before they pull the trigger.

via Denouement: David Foster Wallace-Kenyon Commencement Speech 2005.

noting this because of the obvious, except didn’t he hang himself. checking google…. yep. he did.

One Reply to “Denouement: David Foster Wallace-Kenyon Commencement Speech 2005”

  1. I suppose hanging is also head related? I suspect that warring with one’s mind is indicative of his depression. Seeing intellect as something that controls, or is to be controlled, is the core of the problem. [same with emotions]. But that’s tangential–wanted to post that reading his essays [which I love] never ceases to frustrate me that I find his fiction so dull. Also, I like this part best [emphasis mine]]:

    That is real freedom. That is being educated, and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing.

    The alternative to boredom is not escape. It’s engagement.

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