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Get up and walk!

This weakness of the spirit doesn’t attack those who are only orphans, nor those who are only exiles, nor, of course, those who are neither.Businesspeople and politicians are neither. These two kinds of people can’t be considered exiles, since they’re rooted for one reason or another in their country or homeland. Neither are they orphans, because their business or their party are like their family, a miniature community in which they can rest. Scientists and intellectuals are lucky enough to only be exiles. That’s because to be what they are, they need to avoid the commonplace things the homeland provides them, but they’re not orphans because they feel like an integral part of a long lineage. So, would the wise person be both things?

If I wanted to change the name of my blog I’d make it Get up and walk!Like a magic formula to get up and get moving every morning, but not just in any direction, but rather towards building the narrative that we have to make real, working together. It’s about finding just the right watchword against the the melancholy that afflicts those of us who are exiles and orphans. This weakness of the spirit doesn’t attack those who are only orphans, nor those who are only exiles, nor, of course, those who are neither.Businesspeople and politicians are neither. These two kinds of people can’t be considered exiles, since they’re rooted for one reason or another in their country or homeland. Neither are they orphans, because their business or their party are like their family, a miniature community in which they can rest. Scientists and intellectuals are lucky enough to only be exiles. That’s because to be what they are, they need to avoid the commonplace things the homeland provides them, but they’re not orphans because they feel like an integral part of a long lineage. So, would the wise person be both things? This character, who transcends all science and all art, is certainly an exile, because they can find no stable place in their homeland, and it would seem they are a little bit orphan, too. But, be careful! There is also a whole historical lineage of wise people.

Where does that leave someone who is both exile and orphan? I don’t need to look any further than my now-departed friend, who was never faithful to anything, who walked here and there, always trying to understand something about anything, but he always lacked the confidence in himself necessary to follow his own path. Or he lacked interest. Or he was in too much of a hurry. He was always restless, because he always thought he should be somewhere else. But he never got there. Like any wise person, this friend was amazed, agape and speechless at the wonders of the strangeness of exile, and like all orphans, was enthusiastic about it and tried to build a community of equals to be his homeland. But he lacked the support of his lineage, and failed in his redemptive intents, sliding inevitably into melancholy.

Given the characterization of this last figure, the blog titled Get up and walk! would need to have a subtitle like this: “Blog for orphans and exiles.” This is the blog I want to create to support those who, like me, recognize each other at the juncture (and) and have a tendency towards melancholy made worse by age. Today, it would do me good, because seeing the facsimile of the archaeological discovery I’ve talked so much about this past season I realize that my lineage has been truncated, and that my homeland still needs to be built by developing ideas from forty years ago. All of which is to say, I’m in good spirits in spite of everything, and, as always, I tell myself: Get up and walk!

Translated by Steve Herrick from the original (in Spanish)

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