Who are you?' said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, 'I — I hardly know, sir, just at present — at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.'
'What do you mean by that?' said the Caterpillar sternly. 'Explain yourself!'
'I can't explain myself, I'm afraid, sir' said Alice, 'because I'm not myself, you see.'"
I am re-reading Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for the sole purpose of refreshing myself with what we call 'Children Literature.' But I realized then that i am not getting close to my startup goal. You see, AAW's different editions always have very childish, cartoony characters on the book covers as an attempt to convince its readers that no matter your age is, it is still a children story. The more I read in it, the more I see it is an Adult Literature. Themes like self-discovery or the search for the internal self, finding meaning in a seemingly meaningless/ nonsensical life, adapting oneself to different environments, the change of human nature, the uncertainty of life can all be traced through Lewis's timeless masterpiece. Is our life really nonsensical ?! Or can we find meaning in what looks to as as absurdity? Is what we pass through really meaningless or is it a matter of time to understand the purpose behind it? Though Alice passes through totally "out-of the way things," she still meets characters who unexpectedly teach her life lessons. Moreover, Alice relies on pre-percieved principles which act as a foundation in the middle of a total choatic world. It reminds me with one of Camus's quotes in his play The Misunderstanding: "On this earth where nothing's sure, we have our certainties."
My last cup of a morning hot choco :( But the good news Ramadan will start tomorrow 😃Hopefully it is a month for a coming change.