Geography holds billions of people in its grip.
We are all born into natural and cultural environments
that shape what we become, individually and collectively.
– Harm de Blij, The Power of Place:
Geography, Destiny, and Globalization’s Rough Landscape
From our “mother tongue” to our father’s faith,
from medical risks to natural hazards,
where we start our journey has much to do with our future.
Where you live determines how you live.
In literature, setting (where and when the story takes place)
is determanitive of conflict and plot.
Place is a powerful arbitrator.
Where you are born–what you are born into,
the place, the history of the place, how that history mates with your own,
stamps who you are, whatever the pundits of globalisation have to say.
– Jeanette Winterson