By now I have grown older, and use glasses increasingly often. With glasses I can see roughly as well as I used to. Without glasses I see less, and distant things in particular are blurred. So I have the impression that my radius of perception is narrowing, withdrawing to the point from which I gaze. I have the impression that without glasses, I lose something of the world that I can still retain with glasses. The impression (the illusion) is interesting, because one wonders what really makes the difference between a world that is reached (even better) and one that is no longer (or less well) reached.
Peter Ablinger, born in Austria in 1959, has lived in Berlin since 1982.
As of January 2017