Session 2A | Nov 15, 2016
Italian author Pirandello envisioned it almost a century ago, as he observed how people’s personalities are inevitably shaped by an exterior, inescapable and maybe illusory society. He called us “One, no one and a hundred thousand” as our infinite identities, are captured by individuals around us in thousands of different ways. These thousands ways at times profoundly collide with that one image our minds have developed of “ourselves” through the years. It happens then, almost unconsciously, that we start to wonder about which of those sharp cut pieces hides our true self. That we start to sense that inner feeling of belonging to “no one” and slowly fade into the grey and inexpressive world of disorientation.
“Who are we? Are we really who we believe we are? Or are we someone completely different than we think? Do others see us the way we see ourselves? These are questions that occupied and still occupy the minds of many ordinary people and of scores of philosophers worldwide ” – http://edith-lagraziana.blogspot.com.es/2014/10/one-no-one-and-one-hundred-thousand-by-luigi-pirandello.html
“Non mi conoscevo affatto, non avevo per me alcuna realtà mia propria, ero in uno stato come di illusione continua, quasi fluido, malleabile; mi conoscevano gli altri, ciascuno a suo modo, secondo la realtà che m’avevano data; cioè vedevano in me ciascuno un Moscarda che non ero io non essendo io propriamente nessuno per me: tanti Moscarda quanti essi erano” -Luigi Pirandello
Unfortunately, there is no translation of this quote, which I find extremely powerful and representative of his book. Below is a different citation, which isn’t a final one:
“Inevitably we construct ourselves. Let me explain. I enter this house and immediately I become what I have to become, what I can become: I construct myself. That is, I present myself to you in a form suitable to the relationship I wish to achieve with you. And, of course, you do the same with me.”-Luigi Pirandello