Ministry of Intrigue

Coffee-stained Dispatches From An Undisclosed Location

Quote: Salman Rushdie

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Man is the animal that tells stories about himself to himself.

Salman Rushdie Lecture at the University of Iowa (March 2004)

It’s been years since I sat in that lecture hall, but Rushdie’s description of humans as storytelling creatures still gets me with it’s perfect simplicity. I think that was the first time I heard someone express this notion so clearly. I wrote this quote in my journal that night, and I revisit it often.

♺ Self-Branding vs Individulity

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Interesting piece on how the modern world requires people to aggressively self-brand, which means they have to reduce their personality down to one interest. This is particularly apparent in the world of social media, which I suppose holds a certain irony; the medium that in theory prizes authenticity above all else actually only rewards those who only show the most shallow and artificial aspects of their personalities.

There are no conclusions or solutions to be found in this article, just a statement of the problem. Perhaps there is no solution, as so many of us who came from studying the humanties have discovered. Still a worthwhile read.

Quote: Umberto Eco on Heroes

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The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.

Umberto Eco Travels in Hyperreality