Lesson Seven: Meaning-Making

Reading Summary

We fail to examine our assumptions not just because they are hard to see, but also because they are safe and comfortable. They allow us to live with the flattering illusion that “I am the center of the universe, and what matters are my immediate needs and desires.”

In this lesson we explore how we make meaning and how our tastes, likes, and dislikes are shaped by our culture, our position in society, and our aspirations for the future.  Key concepts covered include social capital, cultural capital, and distinction.  Ultimately, we ask whether or not it is possible to move beyond our assumptions and toward what David Foster Wallace called “Real Freedom.”

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