Editor's Note: October 2017
By Miranda Feneberger
“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.”
David Foster Wallace
This quote from the late David Foster Wallace resonates so deeply with me. During the brainstorming process for this issue, I began to think about the way that power dynamics underline even the most minute details of our day-to-day lives. The initial theme for this issue was Power. However, after reading through all of the incredible submissions we received, I realized that what was at play at throughout many of them was not power but Worship.
As Wallace says, “everybody worships.” We worship our partners, our gods, our bodies, our countries, our favorite television shows. There is not only power at play, but an active participation in the maintenance or reversal of these power dynamics. And to me, that is worship.
This issue explores the way we are all worshippers. It explores the best parts of worship: self-reflection, transcendence, and reclamation. It also explores the worst: systemic injustice, and the way our worship of things and people can, as Wallace puts it, eat us alive.
You may not be able to read this one in one sitting. The topics are hard-hitting, relatable, and important. Feel free to put it down and come back to it. Control your experience with it. And most importantly, let us know what you think and how it makes you feel.
Vires acquirit eundo,