heimat und heimatlösigkeit
It was my birth that threw me into my first homeland, without anyone asking me if this was something I wanted.
The chains that bound me there to my neighbors were, for the most part, placed on me.
In my now hard-won freedom, it is I who ties the binds that connect me to my neighbors, in cooperation with them.
Unlike the one who is left behind and who remains mysteriously chained to his neighbors, I am instead bound to them by my own free will.
These ties are not less emotionally and sentimentally charged than his chains, but rather just as strong and more independent.
This, I believe, demonstrates what freedom means.
Thus the man who analyzes himself recognizes the degree to which his secret rootedness in home has obscured his clear view of the scene.
He recognizes not only that every home blinds those involved in its own way, but also that in this sense all homes are equal.
Most of all, non-coercive judgments, decisions, and actions become possible only after overcoming this involvement in home.