Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Staring Into The Abyss

By Ian Lee
Photo by Jasmin Bauomy

Nietzsche said, “When you stare into the abyss the abyss stares back at you.” I really never understood this quote until today.

While leaving the multi-billion dollar Pearl Island today, a bus full of construction workers pulled along side us. I am sure they were from Southeast Asia as I am sure they thought I was from the West but other than that we knew nothing of each other.

I looked at them and they looked at me. We knew nothing of each other’s lives or the struggles we have endured. We didn’t know each other’s families or the towns we grew up in. We both looked at each other staring into the abyss but for those few seconds we connected like two travelers passing in the night.

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