|Victorian wrought iron - a thing of beauty and wonder|
|Gill, looking inexplicably delighted by the Beefeateer menu.|
The problem with the analogy is that although the universes may be parallel, they are imbalanced. The Moho-zone offers a changing perspective almost everyday, a pick-and-mix lifestyle that is varied and unpredictable. In comparison, the charms of home can seem drearily familiar and workaday. Furthermore, because you are a native speaker and the culture is familiar, you really do understand what is going on, and quite often that is infuriating. The blissful ignorance of being a foreigner, despite moments of confusion and bewilderment, offers a simpler existence. No wonder Buddhists see non-attachment as a necessary precursor to enlightenment, the emotional burden of belonging can be soul destroying . Leonard Cohen in 'Famous Blue Raincoat' pondered if his 'brother' ever 'got clear'. Do any of us? The only sense of belonging'that means anything to me is to the people I love - places and possessions, not so much. Maybe I do feel attachment to some of the stuff I have written, but in truth, what existence does the written word have other than in the mind of the reader?
|Pisa airport - 10.45am -, 25 degrees - magic!|