Innocence / Inocencia

People say you’re born innocent, but it’s not true. You inherit all kinds of things that you can do nothing about. You inherit your identity, your history, like a birthmark that you can’t wash off… We are born with our heads turned back, but my mother says we have to face into the future now. You have to earn your own innocence, she says. You have to grow up and become innocent.”

Hugo Hamilton, “The Sailor in the Wardrobe”

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La gente dice que naces siendo inocente, pero no es cierto. Heredas todo tipo de cosas de las que no puedes hacer nada al respecto. Heredas tu identidad, tu historia, como una marca de nacimiento que no se puede borrar… Nacemos con nuestras giradas, pero mi madre dice que tenemos que mirar al futuro ahora. Tienes que ganarte tu propia inocencia, dice. Tienes que crecer y volverte inocente.”

Hugo Hamilton, “El Marinero en el Armario”

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