In his autobiographical story of his life with gypsies, Jan Yoors writes how hard it was for him to be outside in the open for weeks on end. At times he longs for a door and to be able to lock it. The gypsies understand him, but for them privacy is a state of mind: “…privacy was first of all a courtesy extended and a restraint from the desire to pry or interfere in other people’s lives. However, privacy must not be the result of indifference to others, but rather a mark of respect for them and of real compassion….”