COMMENTARY: The stories of our lives

BELLEVUE, Wash. (RNS) I am gazing out the window at a metallic sculpture on the lawn in front of the public library in Bellevue, Wash. The statue is the profile of a man’s head; a circle of glass signifies its contents: a wolf, a bird, a shovel, a dolphin, a turtle, a violin, a key, a hammer, gardening spade, leaves, a magnet, a gear, a horn and more. How much stuff can be crammed into one head? Back in the 1990s, I interviewed psychology professor Kenneth Gergen about his book, “The Saturated Self: Dilemmas of Identity in Contemporary Life.”