The world is big, and you feel lost in it, as thought the bigness recedes forever, in all directions. Or the world is big, and the bigness grows tall and close, like walls coming together with a great weight and you will be crushed to nothingness. Nothingness-there are two kinds, the kind which is being only yourself, lonely as the distance withdraws forever, and the kind when the walls of the world come together to crush you.

Robert Penn Warren