We may wrestle from time to time with identity questions: Why are we here and were did we come from? The truth of the matter is that multiculturalism and multidimensionality play a great role in our identity. Are we one? Many? If we speak different languages, are we different people when we do so?
Having been born in Mexico City, a place of rich colors and culture, gives me a springboard from where I can understand the world from this colorful perspective.
Having being born to Jewish ancestors and parents gives me also a unique understanding about the world. I have always felt free to explore my surroundings and feel more like a citizen of the world at large.
When my mother died, my roots got tangled up with a myriad of questions. Is she still with me? Where did she go? Can I access my mother’s deepest wisdom even after she passed away? Why was my father asking forgiveness after he died?
Rituals of death and dying exist in all cultures. But what happens afterwards? For many people, this is it. You die and you’re gone. For others, contemplation of life after death continues.
The Seven Jewish Samurai opens the possibilities of thinking from a multidimensional point of view, not only about our lives and country of origin or the place we call home but also about what could happen when we die. Can we keep an open mind or is it too threatening?