THE PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG
This blog is intended for my colleagues to speak about their work.
I will occasionally write about mine as well, and today would like to share an excerpt of one of my books. Enjoy!
"A large number of people do not seem to be aware that every life is a narrative. It could be said that experiences consist of two steps. In step one you play an active part. You are, so to speak, an actor improvising in a play without a script, for no situations will ever be identical. In step two, you recall and retell what you lived. You do not perform these experiences again for others to watch, so you resort to linguistic and cohesive devices, filling in the gaps caused by forgotten chunks with plausible content to convey meaning. You have now become a narrator. In the long run, because your discourse covers many more subjects than those lying within your direct experience, the time you spend as a narrator exceeds by far the time you spend as an actor.
A third step indirectly results from the first two. When you interact with others, you will necessarily listen to their narratives. Since gap filling constitutes a fictional resource, it turns out that fiction has caught up with you even if you do not recognize it because it is not encased in a book."
Reading for Personal Development
Jorge Pinto Books Inc., New York, N.Y.