There is the possibility that while seeking to parse out narrative and associational frames of reference a sort of nature/nurture fictitious struggle will ensue.

It’s not a question of one or the other.  For example, nature and nurture are two sides of the same hand, different perspectives on the same process.  It depends on where you place your identification.  The more you identify with exchange of information, the more integrated the two processes become.

Whether something is a matter of free will or fate is an issue of scale.  It depends on where you place your identification.  The lower down you identify, the less control you will estimate you have.

We humans have five conscious senses with varying degrees of narrative and associational emphasis.  Sound has a deeply narrative quality revealing depth with time.  Feeling trends toward the associational, providing an ability to integrate massive numbers of different stimuli simultaneously.  The visual sense has features of both, but excels at the ability to represent a number of different pieces of information in a single, integrated, simultaneous whole.

We live life in both narrative and associational frames, leaning one way or the other, depending on perceptual emphasis, hereditary predispositions, environmental effects and how we choose to live our lives.

There is no need to choose between the compulsion to interpret and experience life through narrative stories and associational living in the now.  We can do both.

There is no need to choose between heredity and environment.  Again, the lower down you identify, the less control you will estimate you have.  Shift identity and embrace both.

There is no need to choose between free will and fate.  Both are true.

Narrative and associational processing of experience are two ways we choose to move through time.  It seems like either we stand in the river as the river runs by us or we choose to float downstream.

Being the river, there is no confusion.

It helps if you have no you to be confused.


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