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CaptainVertigo
2014-03-29 08:47:04
Awake
I have no doubt that I could engineer some kind of faux controversy with simon3 on the distinction between summiteering and bagging. But it would be an entirely spurious exercise because I essentially agree with him. Of course, the better experience is to be fully present and conscious on the hills, to savour every aspect of them, for the time there to be "quality time". It seems almost disrespectful to treat any part of the great Earth as some beached Gulliver to be criss crossed with tiny lines until tied down, as if we were so many little power companies. Perhaps it is even more disrespectful to ourselves, as human beings, to restrain our apparently unique capacity to sense, and reflect, in pursuit of some predetermined little plan.
A child's afternoon in the corner of a summer garden may bring more presence to and engagement with the planet then a lifetime of exploration. Our brief dance on the land before we return to it is so full of possibility that every unconscious wasted day is a tragedy.
Imbued with a sense of foreboding that I will one day regret so many wasted days of half existence before the television or in the office, I have set myself certain tasks, as a discipline, much as a monk adheres to the incongruous rules of St. Benedict. I may appear to be buzzing about like a blue bummed fly but, like the monk, I proceed with awe and reverence, except that, in my case, I go forth with a deep sense of puzzlement about how we got here, why we are here at all, and where we are going.
It matters little how we organise our journey, as long as we remain awake during it.
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