A promise from the past: Across the ocean lies happiness

by DRM


One culture, two experiences.

On the left, prosperity reaches out in the shape of distant cousins, families that have left the homeland; on the right, the suffering and oppressed, modest and meagre, eyes cast across the ocean in longing and resignation. Lady Liberty lingers in the background.

This card was used to mark the celebration of the Jewish New Year. It promises transition.

I wonder about the person who sends this card. How do they experience their life? Is the card a totem of hope? Is it an instrument of propaganda and self-illusion?

My conception of the family that receives that card is much simpler. A dreamer can not resist the simple image of transition. A more practical relative, a sister say, argues against leaving.

Their fates are already cast.