Treading Water with Hunter S Thompson

Vide https://disinfo.com/2014/01/hunter-s-thompsons-superb-advice-find-purpose-live-meaningful-life/

Thompson: “[W]hether to float with the tide, or to swim for a goal. It is a choice we must all make consciously or unconsciously at one time in our lives. So few people understand this! Think of any decision you’ve ever made which had a bearing on your future: I may be wrong, but I don’t see how it could have been anything but a choice however indirect — between the two things I’ve mentioned: the floating or the swimming.”

Reminds me of Hesse (Steppenwolf) — Harry Haller speaking, quoting Novalis: “‘Most men will not swim before they are able to.’ Is not that witty? Naturally, they won’t swim! They are born for the solid earth, not for the water. And naturally they won’t think. They are made for life, not for thought. Yes, and he who thinks, what’s more, he who makes thought his business, he may go far in it, but he has bartered the solid earth for the water all the same, and one day he will drown.”

See also

– http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1475-4975.1980.tb00394.x/abstract

– http://www.amazon.com/Shipwreck-Spectator-Paradigm-Existence-Contemporary/dp/0262518910

– http://books.google.com/books?id=Ni3C0AMvhTwC&pg=PA150&lpg=PA150&dq=zhuangzi+swimmer&source=bl&ots=nS401Jgzqz&sig=2wNt2GO0yHZNc6iyqpPxKD5h1Z0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ahzpUu62KsXKsQS3roHYBw&ved=0CFEQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=zhuangzi%20swimmer&f=false

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