Quotation by John Berger

All nationalisms are at heart deeply concerned with names: with the most immaterial and original human invention. Those who dismiss names as a detail have never been displaced; but the peoples on the peripheries are always being displaced. That is why they insist upon their continuity—their links with their dead and the unborn.
John Berger (b. 1926), British author, critic. repr. In Keeping a Rendezvous (1992). "The Soul and the Operator," Expressen (Stockholm, March 19, 1990).
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