Life is a series of corners

27 Dec

Each turn in life is followed by another turn. Each turn leads you to an unpredictable unfolding of events. You never know what awaits you around the corner.

You walk to corners to meet someone, to wait for a bus, to change direction, to decide where you want to go next. Corners are there to give you a new outlook, a change of vision, an enchanting kiss. They are not places where you settle.

Your settlement is for sleeping and taking shelter, that is your corner-less nest. From there you go out to the enchanting universe of corners.

Today we’ve lost the sense of walking from corner to corner, of greeting unknown people at them, of whistling at young women as they disappear around them, of meeting friends there to go to the cinema.

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Today we’re sitting in vehicles, rushing from point A to point B — as straight as possible! Corners have become obstacles, to be removed and crushed, paved over by motorways, railroads and airports.

There are no corners on an airplane.

Motorways cut the distances between impersonal urban centers, while cutting a deep channel in the landscape, cutting the neighboring villages apart, cutting the animals from their offspring, cutting the rainwater from the ocean.

Corners connect and combine, intersect and overlap, they make you curious and open-minded, they bring us together.

So you want a meaningful future? You want to save the world?

Forget about this damned screen and get up! Move your ass! Go to your first corner and start talking to the very first person you meet there. Then decide where you want to go next. And talk some more. And more.

If we all did that, we would save the world — I promise!

 

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