The World Eduardo Galeano

by Paola Dati on May 25, 2020

I’d like to share with you a short tale entitled “The World” written by  my fellow countrymen Eduardo Galeano in his book “The book of hugs”.

“A man from the town of Negua, in the coast of Colombia, was able to go up to the sky.

When he came back he told everyone what he had seen. He had contemplated human life from above. 

And he said we are a sea of little fires.

 - The world is that – he revealed – a bunch of people, a sea of little fires.

 Each person shines with his or her own light among others. No two fires are alike. There are big fires and small fires, and fires of all colors. Some people's fires are so still they don't even flicker in the wind but there are people of crazy fire that fill the air with sparks. Some fires, dull fires, don’t provide any light nor burn; but others blaze life with so much passion that you can’t look at them without blinking and whoever comes near them lights up.”

 EDUARDO GALEANO

1940-2015

 

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