Jeanette winterson – Change Theory


‘I have a theory that every time you make an important choice, the part of you left behind continues the other life you could have had. Some people’s emanations are very strong, some people create themselves afresh outside of their own body.

This is not fancy. If a potter has an idea, she makes it into a pot, and it exists beyond her, in its own separate life. She uses a physical substance to display her thoughts. If I use a metaphysical substance to display my thoughts, I might be anywhere at one time, influencing a number of different things, just as the potter and her pottery can exert influence in different places.

There’s a chance that I’m not here at all, that all the parts of me, running along all the choices I did and didn’t make, for a moment brush against each other.’

‘I like garden squares and tiny tea-rooms. I like being held, and knowing that my own little world is safe. But I know too that the excitement and challenge… is to go beyond all of that into a place that is often uncomfortable. I can’t expand my mind or my emotional range if I always choose an enclosed world…

Of course, long familiarity with anything makes it safe again – which is why even the most radical becomes commonplace, and why we must always be making things new.’


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