THINGS THAT I SEE WHEN I ROAM AROUND THE CITY

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I see the miracle of millions of people making their way on trains, buses, cars, bikes, skateboards, and foot to where they’re going. I see a train system that’s a product of thousands of brilliant designers, adamant planners, and hardened workers.

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I see beautifully crafted buildings that reach the sky and I wonder — how many hands have touched just one of those buildings as it was erected? How many sleepless nights, spilled coffees, liquid lunches, lost lives, bloody knuckles, and acquired fortunes have those buildings brought to pass?

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I see water running to millions and sewage flowing from the same — an incredible feat in and of itself.

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I see people dressed to the nines walking down the sidewalk beside beggars who hustle for their next dime. I see the millions of people who’ve come before us to make Beijing what it is.

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They say that when you’re here for long enough, you only see the dregs of it. Well, I’m happy to say, I’m not there yet. So right now, I’m enjoying my bewilderment.

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When I stand from a good vantage point and look at this skyline, I see the divine intelligence that works through us humans and all of life to create an array so beautiful, complex, functional, and perfectly flawed all at the same time.


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