From a fixed point of reference it’s not always easy to work out the direction of travel. We make assumptions based on visual cues, but these are not always correct. We assume that society is moving forwards – that progress is being made. But perhaps this is not true. Perhaps we are actually travelling in the opposite direction.
There was a merchant in Baghdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture; now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this […]