History, the word has new meaning for me. Here, in this palace in Agra, built perhaps more than a thousand years ago, I feel deeply what it is to be "old" and to live in a land where one can see, daily, things that are older than most anything I will see in my country.
It forces me to slow down, to wonder how this particular place came to be, how long it's been this way, what is there to learn.Multiply that by hundreds of things in this city and hundreds and thousands of cities and villages across the county. The sheer intensity of so many people, so many places, such a long, complicated, diverse and, at times divisive history.
This puts my today in context. It doesn't make it easy, just give some perspective, some greater clarity about what I have and what I need.
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