A Sept. 3, 2015 Aeon essay is entitled: “I am not a story.”
The subtitle reads: “Some find it comforting to think of life as a story. Others find that absurd. So are you a Narrative or a non-Narrative?”
Given my interest in story management, and related topics such as storytelling, I found the article of much interest.
Some writers have, indeed, made it their task in life to convince us that life is a story – that we, as individuals, are constantly crafting a narrative that seeks to tell ourselves (and others) who we are, and what we have made of our lives.
It’s refreshing to come across an author who questions such a widely-held view, regarding the role of stories.
With regard to whether or not life is a story, I don’t care either way. My only thought is that some stories are worth preserving, if at all possible, for as long as it may be possible, to preserve them.