Κυριακή 25 Νοεμβρίου 2018

"Εγώ ποιος είμαι; Ποιος είμαι;"

Το πρόσφατο βιβλίο του Kwame Anthony Appiah, "The Lies that Bind. Rethinking Identity. Creed, Country, Colour, Class, Culture", Profile Books, 2018, πραγματεύεται ζητήματα ταυτότητας. Αγαπημένο μου θέμα, η ταυτότητα, παλαιά, τώρα, πάντα.

"This book is full of family stories becausε I want to explore the ways in which narratives like these shape our sense of who we are. Each person's sense of self is bound to be shaped by his or her own background, beginning with family but spreading out in many directions - to nationality, which binds us to places; to gender, which connects each of us with roughly half the species; and to such categories as class, sexuality, race, and religion, which all transcend our local affiliations." (pp. xii-xiii)

Θεωρώ αυτό το κομμάτι κορυφαίο:

"There is a liberal fantasy in which identities are merely chosen, so we are all free to be what we choose to be. But identities without demands would be useless to us. Identities work only because, once they get their grip on us, they command us, speaking to us as an inner voice; and because others, seeing who they think we are, call on us, too. If you do not care for the shapes your identities have taken, you cannot simply refuse them; they are not yours alone. You have to work with others inside and outside the labeled group in order to reframe them so they fit you better; and you can do that collective work only if you recognize that the results must serve others as well." (pp. 217-218)

Για την ταυτότητά του, αναρωτιέται και "Ο Ορφανός Τζάο", λίγο πριν το τέλος της συγκλονιστικής παράστασης που είχα τη χαρά να δω στο Εθνικό Θέατρο.

Οι δύο πρώτες φωτογραφίες είναι δικές μου, η τρίτη είναι από την ιστοσελίδα του Εθνικού Θεάτρου.

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