Saturday, 12 November 2011

The Shrink & The Sage: Character

I wonder if the reader who sent in this question [Is character destiny?] realised just how richly ambiguous her three little words are? First of all, is the suggestion that character is fixed, or that the course of future events is fixed by character? These are two different things: we might possess set characters yet be free to choose between different, open futures; or we may be free to shape our own characters, but in doing so determine our course through life.
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