'What am I doing here?' During the preparation for this conference, 'Feeling at home in exile', I was able to accept the invitation to give a lecture, but for various reasons was not in a position to provide a clever title for it. When this proposal came I simply accepted and thought, something will turn up. Since then I have become more sceptical. At any rate, the theme 'majority and minority' should run through the text. But perhaps I will begin by explaining something of the circumstances in which the following text came about. If some degree of self-irony is to be found within it, I will be quite content.