Friday, December 2, 2011

the back of the world


Shall I tell you the secret of the whole world? 
It is that we have only known the back of the world. 
We see everything from behind, and it looks brutal.
That is not a tree, but the back of a tree. 
That is not a cloud, but the back of a cloud. 
Cannot you see that everything is stooping and hiding a face? 
If we could only get round in front—" 

~ G. K. Chesterton, 1908
from The Man Who Was Thursday