≤ a world full of only easy choices would enslave us to reasons ≥
the space of hard choices
that we get to exercise our normative power,
the power to create reasons for yourself,
when we choose [between two hard choices]:
we can do something really
we can put our very selves behind an option.
here’s where I stand.
here’s who I am.
when we create reasons for ourselves
to become this kind of person
rather than that,
we wholeheartedly become the people that we are…
we become the authors of our own lives.
when we face hard choices,
we shouldn’t .b.e.a.t. our head
against a wall
trying to figure out which alternative is better.
there is no best alternative.
instead of looking for reasons
we should be looking for reasons
who am I to be?
what we do in hard choices is very much up to each of us.
so the lesson of hard choices:
reflect on what you can put your agency behind,
on what you can be for,
and through hard choices,
become that person.
far from being sources of
agony and dread
hard choices are
♦◊ precious opportunities ♦◊
for us to celebrate what is special about the human condition:
that the reasons that govern our choices
as correct or
sometimes run out,
and it is here,
in the space of hard choices
that we have the power to create
reasons for ourselves
to become the distinctive people that we are.
and that’s why hard choices are not a curse
but a godsend.