Do our childhood experiences define our definition of "home" for life or does our definition constantly evolve?

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Dear Andrew,

A key question here is “what is it to feel at home”? Is it the deep bonds that we form in our early lives & the memories that come with them or it is something more physical – a shared place or landscape? The answer is probably both.

But, as someone who has experienced her sense of home as an “other” my idea of home is not bound by a sense of place or childhood bonds but in Robert Frost’s words with “something you somehow haven’t to deserve”, a place where not only you are not required to move & that you belong, but you don’t question your belonging. In today’s world this is the sense of “home” that is the hardest to sustain.

Professor Maria Baghramian
UCD, Dublin

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Maria Baghramian

University College Dublin, Ireland

I came upon Murdoch's novels long before developing a serious interest in philosophy. Then and now I thought her writing reveals the world and the human condition in profound and surprising ways. Here is an example.

"But I had come to where I had never been before, the blessed point of sufficient desperation" (The Sea, The Sea)

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