Friday, January 05, 2007

Feeling at home wherever we are in the world

A cached copy of Moore's article in Resurgence magazine,"We need to bring the spirit of home into public places" is available on the shopping site Natural Collection. In this piece, Moore touches on home, homesickness, and homelessness. He says,
"'Home' is archetypal. That means it is not only about the childhood household or the house in which you live as an adult. It’s the more subtle sense that you are in a place where you can sleep easy and where the need for movement finds a little respite. There your soul finds rest and the feeling that it is where it belongs. The heart always needs to be at home, no matter where the rest of the body is. Even when you’re travelling or at work you may crave a taste of home."

Moore admits, "I also find that hotels often give me the buzz of home I need. People are surprised when I tell them that. How could a commercial hotel be satisfying to a man who writes about the soul? Maybe it’s because I love solitude, which for me is part of home. I may feel more at home in a big hotel than in the cosy house of someone who puts me up."

He also acknowledges that workplaces may exude sterility and an unwelcoming atmosphere, "The abstract lines and shapes of modern office buildings seem to portray a departure from home, maybe even a rejection. In glassy, angular, cool and marble buildings you may not be inclined to think of a worker’s family, or the role of friendship on the job, or a soulful place for a bite to eat. There, you may eat in a miserable lunch-room, windowless and decorated with a wall of dispensing machines and messy, uncivil piles of cheap napkins and plastic cutlery."

While suggesting that a sensitive approach "applies to hospitals, office buildings, clinics and schools. They don’t have to look like homes – no sentimentalising and romanticising of this idea – but concretely they can have some home spirit in them," Moore appreciates the shadow associations some may have with home.