I am not you, and you are not me, but together we can self-experiment with shared stories in synergy.
And we can even self-experiment with non-shared stories and still stumble upon peace.
Self-experimentation with Story Systems is, I suspect, foundational to the process of deducing a m=1 personal my-thology. If we define a Story System (thx2DL) as the conjectures, thoughts, values, beliefs, et al. that guide our actions (of course, our actions feedback and also guide our reflections)--and a value is not a value unless it translates into real-world behaviors on the ground--then, at any given time, each person holds a portfolio of ideas about the human condition.
From this perspective emerges the following question: How should we invest our intellectual and spiritual energy and capacity?
To start, we don't have to believe in everything; we needn't spread ourselves too thin while thinkering.
We don't even need to study everything--that's impractical; it's simply not feasible.
Instead, perhaps we need to find peace with a finite number of conjectures (at any given point in time; this quantity will surely evolve across time) that we've tested in our lives; those threads of cognition and emotion that are yet-to-be-falsified. For instance, if I were a Christian--which I am--then I would evaluate the values presented in and the tenets communicated through Jesus' teachings--which I try my best to do. Christianity is part of me; it's part of my Ancestry; it's part of my family; it's foundational to my m=1 personal my-thology.
And that brings me peace.
Hopefully, the developing Ancestry mythology will be an ever-evolving Story System composed of a diversified portfolio of stories told by the voices of numerous folks. However, while participating in this community, each person, personally, does not need to subscribe to all other people's stories--our individualized Story Systems can work well with respect for limits and constraints; as long as those Systems are not dishonest, are not unjust.
Thus, self-experimentation with Story Systems might operate best under Nassim Taleb's asymmetric, non-linear Barbell model for portfolios: Hold tight to your yet-to-be-falsified my-thologies (which includes the principles of Christianity in my specific Patient of One case) with 80-90% of your spiritual and intellectual energy, and then diversify the remainder of your wisdom investment options into the tales that span space and time throughout human history.
Perhaps, even compose some new ones too.
That's the spirit of what I try to do.
Essays are the fruit.
But I seldom actually eat fruit.
I digest fructose poorly; I think.
And that's OK.
Because I'm at peace.
To good health,