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Suns (From Sunsets) from Flickr, 2006-ongoing, by Penelope Umbrico
From Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It:
Pessoa was right; there’s no point going to Constantinople to see a sunset; they’re the same the world over. But you do it anyway; you go to Constantinople and Phnom Bakheng and everywhere else, and while you’re there, you catch the sunset. While traveling, in fact, watching the sunset gives the day a purpose and meaning it can otherwise lack. Even so, few things seem more idiotic than waiting on a sunset. Waiting on the sunset becomes an activity, an exercise in abeyance. Idleness, doing nothing, is raised to the level of sharply focused purpose. Expectation becomes a form of sustained exertion. You wait for it to happen even though it’s going to happen anyway. Or not happen.
— Geoff Dyer