#081: "It is about simple awareness..."


Oxherd Boy comic featuring fish as they swim illustrating David Foster Wallace's quote: This is water. Beautiful Chinese painting inspiring words

This is a reproduction of a Song Dynasty painting, artist unknown. ✨ When my teacher showed it to me, I wanted to pair it with David Foster Wallace's quote on being aware of ourselves and the world around us, of empathy and compassion... that like water, it sustains us and gives us life.⁠

🐠 His opening story is so memorable. If you haven't heard or read it, I've copied it here. "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?' And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, 'What the hell is water?'"⁠

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