Men stand apart who live between two or more cultures, and who do not completely identify with any one of them. Pico Iyer makes exile exquisite. He reminds us sotto voce that home is not a place.
Can a man stop working? Retire? Not if his work expresses the innermost region of his heart. There are musicians, of course. And the man who died while walking his cow to market.
Courage comes from the Latin for heart. It’s the essence of a man who sees himself as he is and the world as it is. Not seeing, he succumbs to bullets and beliefs.
When the heart is divided, the mind’s a mess.
Were this all he’d said or written, it would be enough. “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside awakes.”