That Have Not Been Asked: 7
From John Berger's essay "That Have Not Been Asked" with photographs by Sebastião Salgado.
“Whilst the rich drank tea and ate mutton, the poor were waiting for the warmth and for the plants to grow.”
The difference between seasons, as also the difference between night and day, shine and rain, is vital. The flow of time is turbulent. The turbulence makes life-times shorter – both in fact and subjectively. Duration is brief. Nothing lasts. This is as much a prayer as a lament.
(The mother) was grieving that she had died and forced her children to mourn for her; if she could have, she would have gone on living forever so that nobody should suffer on her account, or waste, on her account, the heart and the body to which she had given birth....but the mother had not been able to stand living for very long.”Death occurs when life has no scrap left to defend.