COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN AND QUICKLY REMOVED
‘The self is more or less an invention from beginning to end’ Nicole Krauss
Not entirely an original thought, having been expressed by many others in various forms over the years.
But I think the thought is in fact a fantasy.
The word "invention" makes it scientifically false.
The truth is we are not, any of us, the same from birth, and it has nothing to do with invention.
Our endowments and weaknesses - shaped further by our experiences and our "sentimental education" which are not the same for any two humans, even identical twins.
We all live in our own realities to a considerable extent - in our interests, in our politics, in our religion, hopes, and in our fears. These at various points overlap with others, but they are never even close to the same.
Science tells us that we do not even see exactly the same things, given everything from color blindness to perceptual glitches, and we certainly do not feel the same things, given our moods, sensitivities, mental illnesses, etc.
Now, Kafka, whom Ms. Krause cites, was one of our great critics of oppression and crushing of the human spirit by tyranny.
And Israel is the location chosen by Ms. Krause. I wonder what Kafka would say about contemporary Israel?
Actually, I think I know, and it ain't pretty.