Charles Yu's Sorry. Please. Thank you. Stories.
What is the nature of reality? Does selfhood exist, or is it an imaginary social construction? To what extent am I truly free? These are important questions that philosophers such as Baudrillard have helped us postmoderns to puzzle out. But Yu’s stories suggest that perhaps they are not as important as saying “sorry” or “please” or “thank you” or “I missed you”.
Understanding may be less vital than simply being. And being, Heidegger reminds us, is always being-with-others.
If being is always being-with-others, did Mowgli exust? How about Philoctetes on Lemnos?