1 Introduction

Why do you stay in prison,
when the door is so wide open?
— Jalaluddin Rumi

My story isn’t sweet and harmonious like invented stories.
It tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dreams,
like the life of all people who
no longer want to lie to themselves.
— Herman Hesse

Man cannot discover new oceans unless
he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
— Andre Gide

Don’t limit a child to your own learning,
for he was born in another time.
— Rabindranath Tagore