It’s the 5th day I am alone. Home alone. Everyone is out on vacation but me. I had to stay and work. But this is not about me. It’s about this idea that came into my mind a few minutes ago.
What if, by some strange phenomenon, you were left alone in this whole wide world? Imagine that you were the only one in this world. The only one. Imagine this world with just you in it. Can you? If you can, how would it be? What would you do first?
Thinking of this, I skimmed my photo archive and gathered a few pictures capturing one person only, in different contexts. These pictures can surely help your imagination...
What is strange, though, is that there was actually a time when only one man lived on this planet. Yap, one man. And he was alone. He felt alone. Just read Genesis 2:4-21 and get that there was a time when only one man lived on this planet. Days, months, years, I really don’t know and in fact it doesn’t even matter how much he was like that. The fact that even for a day one should be alone is mind-blowing. Exactly like some scenes of J. J. Abrams TV shows or movies. Your mind just crashes. Like Windows operating system. To be the only one must be fatal.
Imagine loving yourself only, talking to yourself, careing just for yourself only, everything for one person, you. How cold and empty could that be...
But take heart, for such thing is impossible. Though I would like to see a movie (one better than “I am legend”) or read a book about someone’s state of mind when realising he or she is the only one left on Earth, this thing woud be impossible. Actually there is a short illustration on one of D. Miller’s books describing a man drifting alone in space until he died. To be the only one is fatal.
So, thinking of this I realise that what I do, what we do as a couple, documenting weddings, is a celebration of what Adam exclaimed when he first saw his first looking-a-like being, his friend, his wife. What we do almost every weekend, is being part of this first major thing that happened to human kind thousands of years ago. Bondage. Unity. Marriage. And it’s all the same mind-blowing thing but this time, like a C. S. Lewis novel. Mesmerising.
And that’s why I fell humbled and honoured every single time we’re given the chance to be part of one’s story, one’s simple family lifestyle, one’s vulnerability. Because it will always remind me that there is no such thing as one man world. There is always someone else. (Ancu and Ezra will come back tomorrow, woohoo!)
To have another human as your friend means life.