If I actually had to live those journeys and quests and battles it would be so oppressive to me. It’s like, my goodness, can’t I just have my life in its messy ordinary, I hesitate to use then word, "glory", but it’s fun for me. Do I really have to follow some kind of narrative. Can’t I just live. So be more comfortable with messy, be more comfortable with agnostic.
What I'd like to ask is whether this moral claim is it can stand independent of the epistemological one? They go together for Cowen. In his view: stories mislead us and they mislead us into taking on quests that make us unhappy.