Swimming in Wonder

“We are all swimming in wonder.”  Kate Bowler

On hearing this recently in a podcast my mind immediately jumped to the famous This is Water commencement address from David Foster Wallace, and in particular the introductory joke he uses in his address to make his main point:

“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?”

It occurs to me that like the fish in the joke, I go through much of life without the recognition of the fact that I am “swimming in wonder.”

If you have not listened to Wallace’s commencement address, do yourself a favor:


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