In a con­stantly changing world, it some­times seems that our only anchor is per­sonal char­acter. Strip away fashion, pol­i­tics, and pre­tense, and what’s left is the true grit at the core of every person, forged early in life, that gives us the gump­tion to win elec­tions or the weak­ness to suc­cumb to temp­ta­tion. But put the tidy notion of char­acter to a test, and what we think of as the most durable part of human nature starts to look flimsy indeed.

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