The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life. – George Simmel
If you cut your change you free yourself. If you cut your roots you die – African Proverb
I don’t think anyone can suggest to another person: Please drop your culture; let’s use mine. That’s the height of arrogance…” Chinua Achebe
In about a month from now I will set out and head east again. I will continue to write my weekly columns for Business Day, Daily Maverick and VryeWeekblad, but this next adventure will be special. It is something I have been wanting to do for a very long time. While I have visited the countries and region, in general, a few times in the past this time will be different. Also, for the first time in many years, I am purposefully packing my photographic equipment.
There are some administrative hurdles and protocol issues that have to be resolved. These are, for now, beyond my control. I should know in the coming weeks. Whatever the outcome, I fly to Western Asia on 6 July, and then onwards…