Making A Choice In A Choiceless World

April 23, 2010 by  
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“We do not choose to be born.  We do not choose our parents.  We do not choose our historical epoch, the country of our birth or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing.  We do not, most of us, choose to die, nor do we choose the time or conditions of our death.  But within all this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we shall live: courageously or in cowardice, honorably or dishonorably, with purpose or in drift.  We decide what is important and what is trivial in life. We decide that what makes us significant is either what we do or what we refuse to do.  But no matter how indifferent the universe may be to our choices and decisions, these choices and decision are ours to make. We decide. We choose. And as we decide and choose, so are our lives formed.”

Joseph Epstein (born January 9, 1937 in Chicago) is an essayist, short story writer, and editor, best known as a former editor of the Phi Beta Kappa Society‘s The American Scholar magazine

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