Hm, I was greatly tempted to pontificate here on conflict resolution and peace among men. We all know that is not going to happen, because too many countries are making good, good money by keeping these wars and proxy wars going.
But , while on our trek, I saw three things that were so simple, yet so powerful and compelling.
First, on our way from Mukrinath to Jomsom, we walked through the valley – dried up river bed – that leads not Mustang. The valley bottom was filled with pebbles. And there I saw on the ground this “baci e abbracci” (kisses and embraces) pebble.
In a naïve interpretation, this is “Warm apple-pie and mother-love” but if we simply look at a kiss and an embrace, how can you fight and hat someone who embraces and kisses you in friendship?
This is the first time that I have ever seen an official,public announcement sign, that was set up by a government – albeit just a local one. I find this a pretty powerful sign, because of its clear and simple language and because of the easily understandable pictograms. I suppose this sign might have been a mishap, because it is the only one of its kind I have ever seen.
Lastly, I saw this maybe eight year old boy already carrying loads about town. I suppose that the majority of people reading this little blog of mine are doing at least well enough to have a device that allows access to the Internet and that they have access to the web itself within said device. I suppose, you do not necessarily live in a war torn county or a paranoid dictatorship.
Now, imagine, that your life’s trajectory would have been similar to the one of this boy. Then we’d really have a reason to bitch, moan and complain. And still we do – look at the great migration in Europe, caused by desperate refugees from countries the Euro…..Whew, just caught myself as I was falling into the pontificating rant, that I stated I wanted to avoid.
Look, my point is – exercise some consideration; take the risk of advancing trust and confidence in someone you don’t know much about. Not everyone is out to get you or you or you.
Stay sharp, but don’t be paranoid.
Sometimes, seemingly complicated and big problems have simple solutions. And yes, I know this may sound very naïve to some.
Cheers Markus \m/