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Oneself and the others

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(v) to estrange, to make distant, to increase the distance. Origin: alien + -ate An alien is a stranger, a foreigner. Etymologically, it means 'the other.' When you alienate somebody, you make a stranger out of someone who was previously very near and dear to you. Another related word is inalienable. It means 'that which cannot be taken away from you, which cannot be transferred to anybody else.' The right to freedom is an inalienable right of every citizen of India. "Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders." Kurt Vonnegut