Fractures cracks crevasses shear cuts movement along a line in one direction. Altering the body. One part goes this way, the other another. Breakdown begins or continues. A weakness is a way through. Into these cracks fluids seep from a source under the surface. All under pressure. Under the surface, on the surface, high temperatures force the flow, too.
Along the fault line change occurs. The parent rock is altered. At the surface, change is artificial. Exposed to atmosphere and sunlight the skin develops wrinkles. Sometimes change comes from within: the desiccation of drinking too much gin.
How long does change last? Interminably. Permanently. The slow insidious seep of time. Nothing stays perfect forever.
The most interesting rocks appear at the fault lines. Gold, precious metals. Crystals form in pockets, vugs, cavities. New material obscures the country rock, replaces it, saturates it. Changes it inevitably and irreversibly.
A fault is a scar, a blemish with a memory: the pain of the fall, of the fracture. Inherent is the recognition that after nothing will be the same.
Where does the other concept of fault, that of “finding fault” or “It’s your fault that…”, of “fault-free”, of “Whose fault is this?” come from? Associations with responsibility, error, inducing guilt. Why think of it in these terms? To make someone responsible, feel pain that the action is wrong, that nothing will be the same?
Finding fault instead is finding the flow, the place where gems and crystals form, minerals deposit, the desirable forms and materials reside. Perfection that without fault arises from fault. The most interesting rocks are associated with faulting. The great pressures and temperatures associated with faults create the desirable. In faults lie the secrets. In faults is the movement. Within faults new encounters occur. Without fault, without faults, without faulting, nothing changes.
Perfection is not necessary. The anomaly, the disparity, the unexpected outcome, the shaking up and repositioning, these all generate the new possibilities. Faults allow new substances to mingle with old. Faults allow the present to encounter the past.
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