It is very difficult to know people and I don’t think one can ever really know any but one’s own countrymen. For men and women are not only themselves; they are also the region in which they are born, the city apartment or the farm in which they learnt to walk, the games they played as children, the old wives’ tales they overheard, the food they ate, the schools they attended, the sports they followed, the poets they read, and the God they believed in. It is all these things that have made them what they are, and these are the things that you can’t come to know by hearsay, you can only know them if you have lived them. – W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor’s Edge, 1943
Due to Canada Day and Independence Day* today’s post will be shorter than usual. I’d like to discuss this quote with all of you, though. My response will be in the comment section.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with W. Somerset Maugham?
Are you the culture you grew up in, the food you ate, the stories you were told as a child?
If you agree with W. Somerset Maugham how do you reconcile that belief with life in a pluralistic society?
*As a dual citizen I get two celebrations in the same week! 😉