You’ll notice the title of this section suggests that it’s not a question of if or whether we can shape ourselves, but that we inevitably do. More implicitly, that we have a range of options and strategies we may apply to achieve it. It’s also the case that such ‘shaping’ might occur through our inaction; because we aren’t motivated to change or perhaps frightened to try, or due to the limiting belief that it’s not possible. The same idea is found in the notion that ‘evil triumphs when good men do nothing’. If we make no effort towards becoming more self-determining, then our passivity might allow otherwise unwanted infl uences to affect us.