June 5th, 2006

love, together

(no subject)

The books one reads in childhood, and perhaps most of all the bad and good bad books, create in one’s mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life, and which in some cases can even survive a visit to the real countries which they are supposed to represent.

-- George Orwell, from this essay

Orwell was referring to actual geography, but the countries of the mind are more powerful and far-reaching than latitude and longitude. Stretching beyond those, and allowing oneself to be open to the real experience of those new countries, is the task of a lifetime.