Quote by John Barth
Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.
This quote suggests that each person perceives themselves as the protagonist in their own life. It highlights the innate tendency for individuals to prioritize their own needs, desires, and experiences above all else. It implies that people are driven by self-interest and view their actions and decisions through the lens of their own well-being and personal growth. This perspective underscores the unique perspective and subjectivity of every individual, emphasizing the inherent importance individuals attach to their own lives and experiences.
It is my belief that the writer, the free-lance author, should be and must be a critic of the society in which he lives. It is easy enough, and always profitable, to rail away at national enemies beyond the sea, at foreign powers beyond our borders who question the prevailing order.But the moral duty of the free writer is to begin his work at home; to be a critic of his own community, his own country, his own culture. If the writer is unwilling to fill this part, then the writer should abandon pretense and find another line of work: become a shoe repairman, a brain surgeon, a janitor, a cowboy, a nuclear physicist, a bus driver.