I haven’t explored David Foster Wallace’s work, but this is just excellent: fs.blog/2012/04/david-foster-wallace-this-is-water/
It’s about a 16 minute read, and worth every minute.
If you need some motivation to read it, knowing that you will probably be nodding your head vigorously when you arrive at this section might be enough motivation:
Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. But the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they’re evil or sinful, it’s that they’re unconscious. They are default settings.
They’re the kind of worship you just gradually slip into, day after day, getting more and more selective about what you see and how you measure value without ever being fully aware that that’s what you’re doing.