Introduction

As
every man
goes through life he fills in
a number of forms for the record,
each containing a number of questions . ..
There are thus hundreds of little threads
radiating from every man, millions of threads in all.
If these threads were suddenly to become visible, the whole sky

would look like a spider’s web, and if they materialized as rubber bands,
buses; trams and even people would all lose the ability to move, and the wind would be

unable to carry torn-up newspapers or autumn leaves along the streets of the city.
They are not visible, they are not material, but every man is constantly aware of their existence
Each man, permanently aware of his own invisible threads
naturally develops a respect for the people
who manipulate the threads.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Cancer Ward
- 1966