To live or to recount

I’ve been thinking a lot about these words this week.

This is what I have been thinking: for the most commonplace event to become an adventure, you must – and this is all that is necessary – start recounting it. This is what fools people: a man is always a teller of tales, he lives surrounded by his stories and the stories of others, he sees everything that happens to him through them; and he tries to live his life as if he were recounting it.
But you have to choose: to live or to recount.
Jean-Paul Sartre, La Nausée, p.61

I wonder what J-PS would have made of FaceBook?

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