“And so these parties divided upon that midnight plain, each passing back the way the other had come, pursuing as all travelers must inversions without end upon other men’s journeys.”
All modes of life make distinctions between categories of things but also posit similarities. Where the lines of difference or connection are drawn is variable, but they are always logical and meaningful to those drawing the lines.
Remember what it was like to be sung to sleep. If you are fortunate, the memory will be more recent than childhood. The repeated lines of words and music are like paths. These paths are circular and the rings they make are linked together like those of a chain. You walk along these paths and are led by them in circles which lead from one to the other, further and further away. The field upon which you walk and upon which the chain is laid is the song.
∆ John Berger, from Field, Selected Essays