Because here's something else that's weird but true:
in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually
no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not
worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get
is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe
choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship—
be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess,
or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical
principles—is that pretty much anything else you worship
will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they
are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never
have enough, never feel you have enough. It's the truth.
Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you
will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing,
you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you.
On one level, we all know this stuff already. It's been codified
as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton
of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front
in daily consciousness.
from DFW's commenecement address at Kenyon College, 2005