A Way to Think About the Edited Life


I like this query: What if creating a character is more honest and credible than presenting yourself unedited?

What’s more honest about editing is that it distills truth, refines it by leaving out the dross.

But if editing the real you turns you into a persona, a character, someone altogether apart from the real person, that new being is not necessarily false. In fact, done well, that new being could be the essence of the real thing, and somehow truer.

Not editing your presentation of yourself means one thing: you haven’t taken the time to think about how you come across.

Creating a character won’t necessarily do that for you. But it’s a way to think about it.

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