måndag, oktober 06, 2008

where's my arc?

Man is in his actions and practice, as well in his fictions, essentially a story-telling animal. He is not essentially, but becomes through his history, a teller of stories that aspire to truth. But the key question for men is not about their own authorship; I can only answer the question 'What am I to do?' if I can answer the prior question 'Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?' We enter human society, that is, with one or more imputed characters -- roles into which we have been drafted -- and we have to learn what they are in order to be able to understand how others respond to us and how our responses to them are apt to be construed.

- Alasdair MacIntyre (After Virtue, 216)

1 kommentar:

Kajsa sa...

I like what you've written here.
It made me start thinking about having a reason to live.
It's so important finding our place in the world, and our purpose.
National Geographic had an interesting article about people in societies all over the world that lived exceptionally long, and looked at common factors to see why they lived so long. One of the factors was that they all had a sense of faith or purpose.
I don't think people nowadays take any time to think about what their purpose may be, and life without purpose...what is that?