There Is No Place Like Home
Every person has a place which he treats differently than any other, the place where he feels more comfortable than anywhere else. It is not exactly the place where the person lives – it may be some house or flat from the past, for example, the one he or she lived during childhood in. But what is so specific about it that it plays such an important role in the culture of many nations of the world?
I think it is because a person’s home serves as the best reflection of a personality on the outside world. It is true even if someone doesn’t spend most of their time at home; at least they spend it there regularly. Also, it could even be more true than when one can say a lot about a person judging by his clothes, the works of art he likes, the pets he keeps.
One cannot live somewhere for years without leaving a kind of trail, a kind of residue of oneself. You can judge about the majority of people simply looking at the way they decorate – or, speaking about it, do not decorate – the place where they are living. Also, I want to mention here the effect of the way things are arranged, whether the place is kept in apple-pie order or not, whether there are these little personal things that say so much about the interests and affections of the owner, and so on. The person undoubtedly influences the place of living, which is clearly understood because even if a house is fully furnished but uninhabited, one will immediately feel it upon entering. Eventually, the longer a man lives somewhere, the more his home reminds of him when you look at it. It probably won’t give you too much useful information, but still may be helpful in terms of overall impression.
I believe that not only the consciousness determines being, but being also determines consciousness. For example, a man that got into unfamiliar surroundings that do not correspond to his personality and cannot be changed is very often somewhat altered by such a situation, although not completely. And this fact only proves once more the interconnectedness of the person and his place of living. They both influence each other and the extent of this influence is unique for every particular case.
Historically, the concept of home has a very important position in some cultures. Englishmen, for example, are particularly attached to their homes; a famous proverb “My house is my fortress” originates in England and in the beginning had quite a direct foundation – a person couldn’t even have been arrested in his own house. Even now there is hardly any place where a person may feel more secure and protected from the dangers of the outer world.