from The Book of Embraces by Eduardo Galeano

A man from Negua, a town on the coast of Colombia, was able to climb up to the sky.

When he returned he said that from way up there he had pondered over our lives as humans.

“And,” he added, “we are a sea of flames.”

“That is how the world is. Lots of people, a sea of flames. Each person has their own light, which shines out among the others. No two flames are alike. There are big flames and small flames and flames of every color. There are people whose flames remain still and do not notice when the wind is blowing, and wild flamed people who fill the air with sparks. Some flames are foolish flames that do not give off light or even burn; but others, burn with such intensity that you cannot look at them without blinking, and they set ablaze anyone who comes near them.”