I have been on and off reading Tony Judt’s dialogue-memoir of the intellectual history of the 20th century. I was really struck by Judt’s quote on pg 55 about ingratiating yourself into English culture.

 I would immediately be able to identify, recognize and share what was going on in the Orthodox synagogue, but I would not feel at all part of the world of the people around me. Conversely, I would feel completely at ease in the world of an English rural church and its surrounding community, even though I don’t share the beliefs nor do I identify with the symbols of the ceremony.

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