WHERE IS HOME?

 

PICO AYER ASKS THE QUESTION: WHERE IS HOME? I HAVE ASKED MYSELF THIS QUESTION MANY A TIME, WONDERING WHAT CONSTITUTES A HOME AND WHERE IS MY HOME. I HAVE FELT AT HOME IN THE KITCHEN OF MY UNCLE’S HOUSE, AMONG MY FAMILY, AND IN THE STREETS OF LONDON, BUT NEVER HAVE HAD A DEFINITE LOCATION I COULD CALL HOME.  MY MULTIPLE ORIGINS LIKE THAT OF IYER, A CONSTANTLY EVOLVING AND “UNPRECEDENTED MIX” OF THE MANY CULTURES I WAS BROUGHT UP IN (AMERICAN, COLOMBIAN, TEXAN, SOUTHERN, HALF-HISPANIC HALF-AMERICAN CULTURES), MAKE MY HOME NOTHING BUT A PERSONAL CONCEPTION. THE IDEA OF HOME IS AN ABSTRACT CONCEPT, A POINT AYER CONCLUDES, AND IS WHOLLY SUBJECTIVE TO THE PERSON AND CAN BE MADE BY SAID PERSON AT THEIR OWN VOLITION. BUT I FOUND IYER’S MAIN POINT VERY IMPORTANT, THE CRUX OF HIS PRESENTATION ALL UPON THE DEDUCTION THAT NOWADAYS: WHERE YOU’RE FROM IS NOW LESS IMPORTANT THAN WHAT YOU ARE TO DO. THE CONCEPT OF A HOME AND A DEFINITE PLACE OR NATIONALITY THAT MAKES UP A PERSON IS QUICKLY DISSOLVING, THANKS TO MODERN TECHNOLOGY AND TRANSPORTATION, AND HAS LED TO A NEW INTERNATIONAL GENERATION OF THE “HOMELESS”. US “HOMELESS” DO NOT LET OUR HEREDITY OR PLACE OF BIRTH DEFINE US, BUT RATHER ALLOW IT TO COLOUR THE BACKGROUND OF OUR LIFE STORIES.

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