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The World is big.

The man made this concession as he walked alone on a wide road with a lifeless cell phone in his hand. He was forced to concede the fact that the World is big because he was human, and because he was walking. You see, the man couldn’t help thinking because he was human, but in fact he had not engaged his mind in the act of thinking for some time; he didn’t know how long–maybe it had been years, perhaps decades. So we must conclude that the man was not only thinking because he was human, but also because he was walking–and further because he had been walking long, and had far to go.

No, I do not mean to confuse you.

Yes, I am in fact making a generalization that if a man walks long enough, he will begin to think. Can I say more? Nothing–save that this phenomenon is an immutable part of the human experience.

The man made the concession because he had not believed that the World was big before. He knew it when he was born, but he had not known how he knew it, so over time he forgot.

The man remembered that speed equated to distance divided by time. He reflected that the circumference of the Earth would always be the same. He could not remember what the circumference of the Earth was in measurable units, but he could remember that the figure had reflected the vastitude of his World. He thought that he had lived a long time, though he could not remember many of those years with clarity. As for the Time he had yet to live, he did not know its quantity. But he reflected that at least he seemed to have a disproportionate sufficiency of Time just then, walking on the wide road.

The man could remember when, in his youth, he ran. How he loved to run, that child. But running could not satisfy him, so he mounted a bicycle. But cars and trains were much faster than bicycles, so he tossed the bike out with his rubbish. Maybe he had been on a flight to Paris when he forgot that the World was big; or maybe he forgot that he lived in the World at all, and as a result forgot that the World was big.

The man thought that the very vastness of the World had permitted bicycles and trains and wide roads and air travel and Skype interviews.

The man remembered the World, and he achieved serenity.


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