A fall from the third floor hurts as much as a fall from the hundredth. If I have to fall, may it be from a high place.
After a certain age, you have to do irrelevant thing-to pass the time, to show others that you body is still in working order, to express that you still appreciate the value of money and can still carry out certain humble tasks.
You're always learning. The problem is, sometimes you stop and think you understand the world. This is not correct. The world is always moving. You never reach the point you can stop making an effort.
The boy could see in his father's gaze a desire to be able, himself, to travel the world—a desire that was still alive, despite his father's having had to bury it, over dozens of years, under the burden of struggling for water to drink, food to eat, and the same place to sleep every night of his life.