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padodes
2009-06-12 16:53:48
Defining the indefinable?
Yes, dhmiriam, the devil is in the definition. If an icon is an exemplar, then by what yardstick is it to be measured? What defines the archetypal mountain by which others can be judged? Perhaps, indeed, if I catch correctly your poetic drift, there is no need to define. We can walk to our chosen peak of perfection across the shifting sands of subjectivity and always find a splendid mountain to admire. But perhaps, too, we can venture a definition of orographic splendour that has its primary reference in the objective rock that commands our awe. Here, what counts is not so much beauty conferred by individual fancy as beauty inferred universally from the elegant shape and form of the rock that is contemplated. In this sense, could the Japanese as a people ever think of having an iconic mountain other than their graceful Mount Fuji?

Without aspiring myself to the role of arbiter in matters mountainous, Iím happy to be stimulated by the multiple comments offered so far. In the end, perhaps a shared iconic mountain-view will emerge from the mists that envelop our little island.
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