Last Updated on August 5, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 573
Morrison opens The Source of Self-Regard with a prayer to the victims of 9/11. There, she writes,
I have nothing to give either—except this gesture, this thread thrown between your humanity and mine: I want to hold you in my arms and as your soul got shot of its box of flesh to understand, as you have done, the wit of eternity: its gift of unhinged release tearing through the darkness of its knell.
While this passage speaks directly to the dead of that September day, Morrison is also asking us—the living—to find that “thread” between our shared humanity. That she herself italicizes “I want to hold you in my arms” suggests that she views this clause as the most essential message of the prayer. No matter who you are, where you’re from, what color your skin, the type of passport you hold, the God(s) you worship (or don’t believe in), the amount of money you make, the gender by which you identify—regardless of all the things that label and define and separate us—you deserve to be held, to be comforted, to be seen, by virtue of the fact that you are human. That Morrison moves on from here to worry about the consequences of globalization and the ways we are taught to fear and ostracize the “other” also emphasizes her fundamental belief in the importance of honoring our shared humanity and seeing each human life as equally worthy.
About globalization, Morrison thinks,
As much as globalism is adored as near messianic, it is also reviled as an evil courting a dangerous dystopia. Its disregard of borders, national infrastructures, local bureaucracies, internet censors, tariffs, laws, and languages; its disregard of margins and the marginal people who live there; its formidable, engulfing properties accelerating erasure, a flattening out of difference, of specificity for marketing purposes. An abhorrence of diversity.
Here, Morrison urges us to consider that the rather idealistic view we often take on globalization (we are more connected than ever before, we can experience other cultures with greater ease, we can think progressively about our future on this planet) and wants us to see the darker side effects of it. The Western...
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