8 thoughts on “faceless

  1. Hello Alicia,

    I agree. This is an interesting genre.

    A City in the English Midlands has figures of this cgaracter in the main square. From memory, these are supposed to represent those who pass by – many in number.



  2. Thanks Alicia,

    For me, the quote is particularly helpful. I’ll bear it in mind during my travels.

    With gratitude,


  3. On your travels, it might be worth remembering that although the quote applies to certain wooden figurines, people of flesh and blood — the kind on encounters on travels — tend to have faces.

  4. Hello Alicia,

    Quite. My response to the statues in the UK was initially one of deep sadness and puzzlement. Then, i was prompted to observe those around me and reflect. You may be surprised to learn that i now tend to privilege those of flesh and blood while being aware of their faces. Not too much – avoiding other issues. You may expect that i’m concerned about those around me through my advocacy role.

    You wrote:

    ” … people of flesh and blood – … – tend to have faces.”

    Clearly, I agree. Do you also find this insight significant?



  5. Not extremely significant, no. More banal than significant, to be honest.

    Yes, it’s a good idea to be aware of people’s faces. Wooden figurines are not people, and do not care. But that really is banal too.

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