“you don’t have a self unless you have a secret”

Kieran Healy  joins the fun (or is it nervous laughter) of discussing the way our identities are being forced to collapse into a singularity.

But this is obvious, and I don’t think I’ve heard it called out clearly before:

“In a very deep sense, you don’t have a self unless you have a secret, and we all have moments throughout our lives when we feel we’re losing ourselves in our social group, or work or marriage, and it feels good to grab for a secret, or some subterfuge, to reassert our identity as somebody apart,”

The article that’s drawn from is fun too.

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