|Were all born late. Were born into history that is well under way. Were born into cultures, nations and languages that we didnt choose. On top of that, were born with certain brain chemicals and genetic predispositions that we cant control. Were thrust into social conditions that we detest. Often, we react in ways we regret even while were doing them. But unlike the other animals, people do have a drive to seek coherence and meaning. We have a need to tell ourselves stories that explain it all. We use these stories to supply the metaphysics, without which life seems pointless and empty. Among all the things we dont control, we do have some control over our stories. We do have a conscious say in selecting the narrative we will use to make sense of the world. Individual responsibility is contained in the act of selecting and constantly revising the master narrative we tell about ourselves. The stories we select help us, in turn, to interpret the world. They guide us to pay attention to certain things and ignore other things. They lead us to see certain things as sacred and other things as disgusting. They are the frameworks that shape our desires and goals. So while story selection may seem vague and intellectual, its actually very powerful. The most important power we have is the power to help select the lens through which we see reality. (by David Brooks, November 10, 2009, New York Times)|
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