John Berger is telling me stories that I must make mine in order to rewrite. It will take time. I’ll share a small portion here with this video, as I think it fits. He goes beyond words. Claims that seeing comes before words and that “to look is an act of choice”. He speaks of ways of seeing and how every image embodies a way of seeing, and how an image is the reproduction of an absent reality. We need the past to be intelligible, to help us give meaning to our lives, but at the same time, we need a clear vision of the present, so we ask the right questions of the past. He also emphasizes the reciprocal nature of seeing, “we never look at just one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves”. Once again, the vital between, the same between we can find through silence, encountering the world without words. And yet, I write words. Is there a reciprocal nature to these words. Is there a between? I’ve been told that to write is to converse with someone. So is this too, the talking cure after all? I will get back to the talking cure soon. But for now, enjoy John Berger and his Ways of Seeing.