Feeling Small

“What human language captures the dislocation, the acute insufficiency of being in the presence of the supraorganism, the sinking, shrinking feeling at this display of industrial steel and light and might? It was as if nothing I’d ever done in my life prior to this counted. As if my past life was revealed to be a waste. a gesture in slow motion, because what I considered scarce and precious was in fact plentiful and cheap, and what I counted as rapid progress turned out to be glacially slow.”

Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone

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