Wednesday, November 16, 2005

étrangère

Someone brought this quote to my attention:

The man who finds his homeland sweet is still a tender beginner; he to whom every soil is as his native one is already strong; but he is perfect to whom the entire world is as a foreign land.
-- Hugh of St. Victor

Except that skipping straight to stage 3 is not exactly a recipe for happiness or joy in life. But then medieval Christian mystics have different goals; I should remember that happiness is (rightfully) not what Hugh of St. Victor's everyman is practicing for.

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