Is it pedantry, or misanthropy? I hope the comma will clearly specify that i am at least not implying a dichotomy — i guess pedantry it is!
I will try to justify it a bit further though, and say that i’m a bit wary of mindlessly attributing special significance to the position of the floating piece of rock we dwell on with respect to an arbitrary frame of reference — although i am perfectly fine with doing so mindfully!
Laurențiu, my generous driver from Bacău to Suceava when i was hitchhiking from Bucharest back home in L’viv, Ukraine said (and i paraphrase) that ‘tradition’ connects us to ‘nature’ — a statement i chose to interpret more abstractly and rephrase as, ‘practice’ connects us to ‘reality.’
I see truth in both these statements.
But what is the reality underlying the transition from what we have agreed to call the ’31st of December’ into the ‘1st of January’ in a world where apples magically appear all year round in our supermarkets, spotless bright red and crunchy, piled up in neat pyramids and automatically sprayed with fresh water at regular intervals?
got no time or money to travel? — i beg to differ!
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On the photo: Laurențiu buying brooms on the roadside from a 60-year old man who has been making them since he was four (Romania, December ’17)