Monday, June 15, 2009

She made us exiles in our own homeland

The Mother’s writings were full of shocks and surprises. For there we encountered pop philosophy and pop psychology for the first time. Gleanings from countless sources of the whole Western Enlightenment tradition were there. For instance, a saying like “If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us” by Hermann Hesse (Demian, 1919) can easily be mistaken for coming from The Mother.

She was our window to the West; the Judeo-Christian insights distilled over centuries. She is the primary school that is impossible to forget. One who has not shivered with enchantment with a line or two from her can never fathom what she really is and wants of us. It is her whispers of baptisement that transformed us irreversibly to something else. She made us exiles in our own homeland, in the midst of our own extended families. Internalizing various liberal values and postmodernist clues is the sure formula to satisfy the eternal poser: How to be true to The Mother? [TNM]

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