A Stiofain, a chara,
I agree with all of your points, and in fact I was arguing along
the same lines- hence my use of "metaphorical blood." I am not seeking to
be exclusionary by any means, but what I do unapologetically ask for is a
respect for the culture in which one seeks to identify with, a respect
that moves beyond the superficial. Immersion, empathy, call it what you
will, but part of it needs to be (as you have argued in reference to the
Hunger) an understanding of suffering as a shaping force. All cultures
have suffered, but hardship leaves unique markings sometimes.
Please note that in my original message, I also made reference to joy.
Go out there and go to a ceili, or go ar cuairt. Joy also leaves unique
markings, markings not determined by blood, race, etc., but by
common experience ...common being as pluralistic a word as i can think of. I
certainly don't want to belong to any exclusive club- but to be in my
club you do need to show up. I hope to see you all there.