Travel Notes

The Metic's philosophy

Metic in this world. The union of two words belonging to different semantic fields enshrines a meaning that unifies feelings and reality. In ancient Greece the metic was the resident alien who didn’t have citizen rights in his state. In the tripartite division of classes he was between the citizen and the slave.

 Nowadays, the term metic identifies the foreigner who is far from home, the emigrant. In the contemporary world the migration flows involve every social stratum and displace a growing number of people for an indefinite period of time. This pilgrimage turns the individual consciousness into a pendulum swinging back and forth between feelings of belonging and separation. This modern wandering vibrates with sounds of freedom and dependence and places the individual between two poles, making him a metic in this world.