Distance is a strange concept. Because technological evolution
has made it possible to feel close to people who are oceans apart from us. Yet,
sometimes, the distance that separates our minds with people who are right next
to us is often unsurmountable.
Distance is often a way to see things differently. To view
situations in another light or from another perspective. It shows us things we
don’t want to see, we ignore, or we fear of acknowledging. But it also gives us
a clearer view. People think they are the centre of the universe, yet from
space we are just a dot in a vast solar system; we are too small and insignificant
in this infinity.
In the end, it is not the kilometres that divide us, but the
emotional distance, that which makes the feeling of loneliness all the more
intense. It is said that distance is only a test to see how far love can
travel. It is what enhances patience and expectation, sometimes even
reinforcing the very feeling of love.
According to Tennessee Williams, “time is the longest
distance between two places.” Physical distance can easily be overcome. But time
We usually blame the distance for things we don’t want to do
or for situations in which we need to justify our behaviour. We curse our fate
for the difference caused in our lives by distances of all sorts. Yet, as Democritus
said, “people invented lady luck to justify their own lack of will”. It is not
distance that separates people. It is the lack of will and the silence. Because
in our modern, evolving world, where there is a will, there is a way.
And ultimately, even distance is just a number.
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