What Does It Mean to Be You?
Character is something we tend to think of as a static, enduring quality, and yet we glorify stories of personal transformation. In reality, our essence oscillates between a set of hard-wired patterns and a fluid spectrum of tendencies that shift over time and in reaction to circumstances. This is exactly what journalist Julian Baggini, co-founder of The Philosopher’s Magazine, tries to reconcile in The Ego Trick: In Search of the Self.
- “While the astronauts, heroes forever, spent mere hours on the moon, I have remained in this new world for nearly thirty years. I know that my...”
- “When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to...”
- “Letters have the power to grant us a larger life. They reveal motivation and deepen understanding. They are evidential. They change lives, and they...”
- “In two weeks it’ll be the longest day in the year….Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always watch for the...”
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