The Vietnamese people live against a backdrop of constant colour, noise and activity, but it would be misguided to think that chaos permeates every aspect of their day-to-day lives. Upon closer inspection, there are moments of solitude everywhere you look.
The nation’s collective subconscious seems to closely align with Confucian philosophy, as it is believed “the more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.“
These instances of quiet contemplation are not confined to temples either, as taking to the streets for personal reflection is considered a socially acceptable way of coping with the fast-paced lifestyle.
While it is easy to get caught up in the city’s momentum, a profound lesson can be learnt from these day-dreamers; to clear your mind and live in the moment.
Grace Wilson reports.