Sometimes people need to see other cultures/worlds to understand their own identity a little better.
In season one of The Sopranos Tony and Carmela flirt with the idea that they can be friendly with outsiders.
Their way of life and the age-old tradition of people who are mobbed-up keeping themselves to themselves is a tricky one to shake off. It’s not without irony that the metigan see Tony and his lifestyle as glamorous and exciting and that Tony sees them as boring. One afternoon on the golf course is enough to confirm the huge void that separates their two worlds.
you are what you are
Yet, Tony is back & forth with trying to change who he is… being the boss, being a good father, being a better person even?
What if life wasn’t about your location or your occupation but, instead was about who you are in the midst of the peripheral?
Tony almost gets it! He almost realises what he needs to do to be a better person… but his surroundings suck him back in!
It poses an interesting question for prosperous western civilisation… and maybe more so for religious people?
How come I’m not making pots in Peru?
Would Tony still be driven by the same impulses and desires if he was born in Peru? If he wasn’t in New Jersey?
What if life wasn’t so much about your location or your occupation but, instead was about who you are in the midst of the peripheral?