One night, I drove on a two-lane highway at a speed of nearly 100 kilometers per hour. At this time, a car came to me at the same speed. When we wiped it, I saw the driver’s eyes, but that was only a second.
I was thinking at the time, whether he was like me, and thinking about the moment when our destiny was completely dependent on each other. I rely on him not to doze off, not to be distracted by the phone, not driving into my lane makes my life suddenly end. Although we have not said anything to each other, he must have relied on me as well.
In a big way, I believe that the world works like this. In a way, we have to rely on each other. Sometimes, this kind of dependence just requires us not to cross the double yellow line, it is as simple as that. Sometimes, this kind of dependence requires us to cooperate, cooperate with friends, and even work with strangers.
As early as 1980, I participated in the negotiations to release 52 Americans in Iran. The Iranian side refused to meet with me and insisted on passing information between us through the Algerian ZF. Although I have never had contact with the Algerian Foreign Minister before, I have to rely on him to accurately receive and transmit my information, including the text and nuances. With his indispensable help, 52 Americans are safely going home.
Technology has narrowed our world, so cooperation between countries needs to increase. In 2003, doctors from five countries quickly mobilized to determine the SARS virus. This action saved the lives of thousands of people. We must realize that our destiny cannot be controlled by ourselves.
In my life, I have paid great attention to personal responsibility. However, as the years passed, I finally believed that at some point, one must rely on the integrity and judgment of others. Therefore, we must learn to think this way: oncoming lights may not be a threat, but a moment to share trust.