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07 April 2017 @ 09:15 am
Just Two Kinds of People in the World  
Here’s an interesting distinction: Somewheres vs. Anywheres. Somewheres are loyal to their place of origin; Anywheres have other identifications.

By ancestry I’m what Steve Bannon might call a rootless cosmopolitan, and when we Jews got our own Somewhere, it didn’t matter much to me, though I’m glad it’s there for them as wants it. Forty years ago, I joined the Anywhere tribe known as Fandom, and since then I’ve had neighbors all over the world.

Rooted is what vegetables are; grounded is what gets you killed when lightning strikes. I’m an Anywhere

Thanx to [personal profile] andrewducker
Lydy Nickersonlydy on April 7th, 2017 03:34 pm (UTC)
While I would characterize myself as an Anywhere in many ways, I desperately miss the geography of my youth; the bones of the earth sticking through the soil, the horizon always significantly above or below eye level, the wooded ravines, and wooden doors in hills of stone. Pittsburgh was truly a beautiful place. And I still, more than thirty years on, have occasional cultural gaps between the Midwesterners I live with, and the Eastern patterns of communication that I learned as a child. I had a proprioception about the city of Pittsburgh that I have not felt anywhere else...except in Boston. I miss a city where no street runs straight, where every intersection is unique, where straight lines are unusual. But my community feeling is largely centered in fandom, which is geographically and culturally diverse.
A Maid In Bedlam: Magen Davidrafaela on April 7th, 2017 09:01 pm (UTC)
As a Jew, I do love the Somewhere we have. I've been there, and I wouldn't have missed it for anything...though I don't think I could live there (for many, many reasons). I have to admit that my paternal ancestry (mostly Celtic) makes me yearn more than a bit to see Scotland and Wales for myself - even though his ancestors hit these shores over three centuries ago! And as for my own birthplace, well, I'm not ashamed of being from the South and do feel quite a bit of loyalty there. However, if I did not live where I currently live (upstate New York) I would never have received the proper care and help that have enabled me to live independently. So there's loyalty to that, too! I guess I'm a Somewhere, with multiple values of "Somewhere."
Sue Burkemount_oregano on April 8th, 2017 03:29 am (UTC)
I think some places are Somewheres and some places are Anywheres. That is, some places reject outsiders and some places welcome newcomers. You can't get rooted if you "don't belong" and you can become loyal to a place that never was "yours" until you wanted it to be.
browngirl on April 8th, 2017 06:48 am (UTC)
At this current point in my life, when I've drifted away from fandom because it seems more welcoming for hypothetical purple people than for real brown people, and when I may have to leave the home I've participated in for a dozen years, this subject makes me extra wistful. I wonder if I ever will belong anywhere for good.
The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit: Gynoid Porsupahporsupah on April 8th, 2017 08:46 pm (UTC)
I'm very much an Anywhere. I certainly don't deny where I was born (can't really say "grew up", given the number of times we've moved), but it's the people I know, and have known, as well as the core circles that help define us all, that really have significance to me.

True, there are a few places that I consider special, but, part of what motivates me to hope I'll land one specific current prospect is that it'd permit working anywhere - I could spend a couple months in the City, then a couple in Sydney, and so on. For me, that would be absolutely wonderful. ^_^
Elenbarathi: Knowledgeelenbarathi on April 10th, 2017 09:19 am (UTC)
There are just two kinds of people: those who think there are just two kinds of people, and those who don't.