Borders & Identity

pay me to do your homeworkpay me to do your homeworkI remember very well that the border idea was instilled in me since my early childhood. It was one of the first mysterious concepts that I had to grasp​ ​as a child.

I was born in Manastir, a city in southern Macedonia. Today, the city is positioned very close to the Greek border and not to far away from the​ Albanian border. Although born in today’s Macedonia, at that time,​ ​Yugoslavia, very close to Greece, I knew for sure that none of these​ ​geographical names was associated to the deep me.  I belonged to another​ ​nation.

One of the earliest memories is my native language. Albanian language is my ​first ‘operational software’. The fastest way to learn, understand and​ ​contemplate the world around me was that unique code of communication of an​ ​almost lost nation of the twentieth century.

As a child, I could never see coming the obstacles and consequences of belonging to a distinct nation. I had no idea that my nationality would​ ​grant me the pain and the advantage of perceptive journey in time and​ ​places.

Even though my legally permissible nationality was Yugoslav, I didn’t know this. Of course, I was only three years old. It was too early to grasp the​ ​meaning of the legal border of a nation but I without doubt knew that I was​ ​an ethnic Albanian.

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  1. Ganka, ke prekur nje problematike me te cilen perballemi te gjithe. Edhe une posaqerisht, duke ndare ngjashmeri me preardhjen tende. Çeshtja e kombesise, ose e ndjenjes se perkatesise ndaj nje kombi, nuk lidhet domosdoshmerisht dhe vetem me token dhe ne kete rast me gjeografine a kufirin. Kjo me se miri deshmohet ne rastin e shqiptareve. Ndjenja e perkatesise mbi te gjitha eshte psikologjike. Eshte emocion pa-afat dhe i pa-skadueshem qe buron nga nje preardhje e perbashket, nje kujtese kolektive, qe bartet neper gjenerata. Kjo pastaj ka ndikuar qe shume akademike, identitetin kombetar ta zberthejne edhe permes fushave te reja te etno-psikologjise. Ajo qe e ben kete ndjenje perkatesie edhe me te forte eshte fakti se si individ, jemi shume te interesuar qe po kjo ndjenje te percillet edhe ne femijet tane, ne menyre qe te mos shuhet kur ne te mos jemi me. Ne fund, po e permbyll me shkrimet e nje disidenti Ukrainas ne burg: “I know all people are created equal. My reason tells me that. But at the same time, I know my nation is unique. My heart tells me so.” (Connor, W. 1994). E zakonisht njerezit jane ne gjendje te vriten per ato qe i kane per zemer dhe jo per arsye! Atehere, kombi nuk ka te beje me ate qe eshte, por me ate qe ne e mendojme qe eshte! Vazhdo te na inspirosh 🙂

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