Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Wondering What's To Come


The ironic thing about sitting alongside a busy, noisy street is that it gives one the opportunity to think, deeply and with surprising clarity. Maybe it's the constant din of the traffic passing by that creates a sort of 'white noise' that allows for higher levels of concentration. Or, maybe it's the fact that cars and motorcycles and trucks are zooming by at a speed that closely approximates the speed of life. Whatever the reason, it's another example of how humans are among the most adaptable creatures on the planet.

This man -- a rickshaw driver sitting by a roadside in Siliguri, northern India -- is thinking about how happy he is that the new year has arrived, and he doesn't have to deal with hearing people wish each other well or make breathless predictions about what's going to happen. As far as he's concerned, people pay too much attention to this New Year's nonsense, and should try to focus more on what's in front of them.

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