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Using the language of the “story”, narcissism is the notion that the story is about oneself, while relativism is the notion that one story is as good as another. Combining these, we get the notion that we can have whatever story we want. This appears in various forms:
I don’t feel the need to limit myself to linear logic.
I choose to live life on my own terms and not be guided by charts based on statistics.
I like to consider myself a co-creator with the powers that be in the story of my life.
Like my fellow Boomers, I’m so vain, I think this song is about me. I acknowledge that there is no one right way to be. There are, however, wrong ways to be. The universe sets limits on our stories.
The problem with Boomeritis is that Mother Nature has a story too, and that story is not about us. In Mother Nature’s story, our survival is a matter of complete indifference. In Into the Wild, Alex thought he was living an adventure story, but in fact he and the Alaskan wilderness co-created a story in which he starved to death.