Updated on August 10, 2008
I guess it really is a small world.
One evening or early morning in Punta del Diablo I was waiting to pick up a guest from a bus coming in at 3:00 am. After waiting ’till 3:30 I decided to drive out to the entrada to see if the bus had dropped her off at the highway. On the way out to the highway I came across a group of people walking with bags and knew that one of girls must be who I was looking for.
I pulled over the the side of the road and the Australian girl who I was waiting for came to the window. As I turned the truck around on the narrow road it slid backward in to the steep, sandy ditch. It was about 4:00 a.m. in rural Uruguay and I was stuck in a ditch; fantastic. The rest of the people who had been walking in to town came over to help. They must have had experience with cars and sandy ditches because they immediately jumped in to motion.
After hauling a 45kg propane tank that was still in the truck; oops, we managed to get the truck out of the ditch. With the truck bed loaded with bags and people I continued back towards Punta del Diablo at around 5:00 a.m. Needless to say I was exhausted. The pleasantries turned to peoples origins. It turned out that the girl in the back seat who was now dating an Ecuadorian grew up about 30 minutes away from me back home. I was too tired to dwell on how minute that chances of this encounter had been, but in the morning it reinforced how small of a place the world can be.
Likewise yesterday after signing up with the avantlink affiliate program I learned that my contact with the company grew up 20 minutes from where I did. The world is simultaneously large and small. Culture and philosophy can vary like night and day and yet there are common threads that ties us all together.
These events got me to thinking about how much we all share in common. Despite the differences in opinion, politics, and culture we are all people of the same world. We all have the same needs and have similar life struggles. Some of us are far luckier than others either by the opportunities given to us or by where we are born, but we all born of the same flesh and blood.