But we forget, in the midst of our controlling, that it is absolutely impossible to eliminate all risk.
We forget that embracing our limits and vulnerability can actually bring us greater pleasure, greater adventure, and even greater closeness.
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We are fascinated with Buzzfeed quizzes, personality tests, and scientific studies: enchanted by the prospect that reading from a print book improves your brain, that friendship is good for your health, that married people are financially better off. You should get married because whoever your potential spouse is—Andrew or Carl, Mary or Jane—you love them.
It’s about taking the great leap of enchantment: seeing the other, and prizing them for who they are, in all their mystery and imperfection and potentiality.
We use Yelp to check every restaurant, pick movies via Rotten Tomatoes, use wine apps to purchase the perfect bottle.
Because we are so anxious to control outcomes, we are unable to take any real risks.
Brooks believes it will require a return to humanism, religion, and the humanities, “the great instructors of enchantment.” Countering algorithmic fixation requires a re-education of the American populace—teaching people how to see and prize the philosophical, spiritual, intellectual, and thus immeasurable characteristics that cannot be removed from our pursuit of love.