I came across a reference to an interview, Debunking the Myth of Intuition, with Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman, in Spiegel Online.
The section on intuition was very interesting indeed, but the bit that really got me was this:
SPIEGEL: Why is it so important for us to imagine our lives as a collection of stories?
Kahneman: Because that’s all we keep from life. It’s going by, and you are left with stories. That’s why people exaggerate the importance of memories.
That really floored me, but the more I think about it the more I think it is true. We have talked before about memory and the way we all manipulate it, consciously or otherwise, and how untrustworthy it is. So, in the end our life is just a story and possibly largely a work of fiction at that.
So, is that it? In the end it’s just a story of our own devising?
My own story is pretty good. I hope my chapters in others’ stories show me in that good a light.
How’s your story?