Exotic New Facts from Ennet House

Posted: October 23, Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment

If you ever chance to spend a little time around a substance-recovery halfway facility like Enfield MA’s state-funded Ennet House, you will encounter many exotic new facts.

That you do not have to like a person to learn from him/her/it.

That loneliness is not a function of solitude.

That logical validity is not a guarantee of truth.

That no matter how smart you thought you were, you are actually way less smart than that.

That it takes effort to pay attention to any one stimulus for more than a few seconds.

That boring activities become, perversely, much less boring if you concentrate intently on them.

That you will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.

That concentrating intently on anything is very hard work.

That a clean room feels better to be in than a dirty room.

That other people can often see things about you that you yourself cannot see, even if those people are stupid.

That having a lot of money does not immunize people from suffering or fear.

From David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest.

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