At every moment of this present life, our readiness to learn was, and is now, up to us, was and is our responsibility, and on every day our life breaks around the before and after of a life-changing choice…though all the past choices ease or obstruct the present one. Our cosmos, the place of ended and beginning lives, is here and now…. Socrates trusts in the possibility of conversion, in turning on a dime—not a religious or moral turn but an intellectual one. —Eva Brann, Un-Willing: An Inquiry into the Rise of Will’s Power and an Attempt to Undo It
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