We Are More Than Ourselves

For men and women are not only themselves; they are also the region in which they were born, the city apartment or farm in which they learned to walk, the games they played as children, the old wives’ tales they overheard, the food they ate, the schools they attended, the sports they followed, the poems they read, [the movies and TV shows they watched, the music they listened to, the people and places and things they knew and loved,] and the God they believed.”

—W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor’s Edge