Journal #3 - As I was beginning to read Placing Oneself in...

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As I was beginning to read Placing Oneself in Personal Time my attention was grabbed instantly. When Ciaran Benson reveals the idea that there is no complete story of a life or an event I agreed. Although we may try to explain stories and tell others what happened in entirety, it rarely occurs. We may include certain biases or leave something out, the story isn’t complete until every detail is transcribed. Benson ties the idea of a complete story to the identity of an individual and then he exposes the idea of shape. I think his idea of shape is interesting. I find that each individual’s life is shaped differently because we all choose to make different decisions about different occurrences. These decisions that we make and choices that we come across daily help shape who we are. His example that the “chronology of [our] life might seem to be its shape” really helps explain his concept (Benson 46). I think that shape is made, hence we experience certain things throughout our lives and by these experiences our lives are shaped.
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