THE DEAD SURROUND THE LIVINGI was reading a piece of visionary writing by the wonderful John Berger. Here are first three of twelve insights into the otherness of things. Love Susie. x

Twelve Theses on the Economy of the Dead

By John Berger

1. The dead surround the living. The living are the core of the dead. In this core are the dimensions of time and space. What surrounds the core is timelessness.

2. Between the core and its surroundings there are exchanges, which are not usually clear. All religions have been concerned with making them clearer. The credibility of religion depends upon the clarity of certain unusual exchanges. The mystifications of religion are the result of trying to systematically produce such exchanges.

3. The rarity of clear exchange is due to the rarity of what can cross intact the frontier between timelessness and time.