Kenan Malik On The Search For Meaning

Kenan MalikKenan Malik (January 26, 1960 -)

In dark times, works of literature have unique power to remind us of the complexity and contradictory nature of humans.

…Humans are complex and contradictory creatures. And so necessarily are the stories we tell to make sense of ourselves and our world. Every story is open to many readings.

Reasoned argument and clarity are an indispensable part of our quest for knowledge. So are stories and their ambiguities. They are a celebration of the human capacity to find meaning and a recognition that meaning is not something to be discovered but something that humans create. …it is that search for meaning that enchants, excites, moves and inspires.