ZT: "There are no strangers” — Toni Morrison
By chance, I heard this wonderful line in a recoded lecture by Teju Cole...
"There are no strangers” — Toni Morrison
“…There are no strangers. There are only versions of ourselves, many of which we have not embraced, most of which we wish to protect ourselves from. For the stranger is not foreign, she is random, not alien but remembered; and is the randomness of he encounter with our already known – although unacknowledged – selves that summons a ripple of alarm. That makes us reject the figure and the emotions it provokes – especially when these emotions are profound. It is also what makes us want to own, govern, administrate the Other. To romance her, if we can, back into our own mirrors. In either instance (of alarm or false reverence), we deny her personhood, the specific individuality we insist upon for ourselves ..."
Toni Morrison, “The Fisherwoman” , "origin of others".