Some folks are inclined to feel they are the masters of their destiny, they choose their own beliefs and they make independent choices. Some folks feel that life happens to them, they have no control and that even their beliefs are unfortunate accidents of birth.
It is clear that our up-bringing, our social circles, our genetics and much more determine much of who we are — even our beliefs. In other words, “Reality Eats Us”. But it is also clear that we can affect our environment, our choices matter and we are active participants in reality. In other words, “We Eat Reality”.
Here are two pics which for me illustrate this apparent paradox: Reality eats Us AND We eat Reality. The odd thing is, that for me, this no longer feels like a paradox — it feels whole and alive.