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Jewish World Review
Oct 26, 2011
/ 28 Tishrei, 5772
Approaching the airport in Katmandu, Nepal for a landing last week, an airplane crashed and all the passengers were killed. The 19 passengers who perished included Americans (a doctor from Miami and his fiance), Japanese, and Indians; the Pilot and Co-Pilot were from Nepal. The flight had departed from the Katmandu airport without incident, it was returning, without having made any stops, in heavy fog. Some would say the flight was unnecessary. My wife and I have taken that same unnecessary flight from Katmandu.
Nepal is one of the most magical and tragic countries in the world. It was the only officially Buddhist country in the world until recently. It boasts a variety of climates based upon altitude, and an array of wildlife unmatched anywhere else, including the Siberian Tiger and the Yetti (if you believe in Big Foot). This a land of poor peaceful people who export the world's fiercest, bravest fighters, the Gurkhas. It is a place where Buddhist, Hindu, and other religions rather than fighting, share each other's temples and celebrations. It is the land of Kings and royalty with a reigning Virgin goddess. It is where a distraught Prince used an automatic rifle to kill the King and several other members of the Royal Family. But it is also home to years of violence between the Maoists and the King. Now, a peace settlement has been signed and Nepal is a secular country. But what most people think of when (and if ever) they talk about Nepal, is Mount Everest, the world's tallest spire.
The airplane that crashed was one of the tourist flights that make the pilgrimage to Everest. These flights are a luxury for tourists, without any rational basis. These flights, on small aircraft pose risks. We accepted the danger, to get a glimpse of the world's greatest mountain. My wife and I are glad we did it. Apart from gambling, shopping, and family visits, travel for most human beings is mainly business. But travel is also a source of enlightenment and inspiration. World Heritage sites showcase the beauty of the ancient world and our unique environment. But for sheer grandeur, Mount Everest is the pinnacle (pun intended). When we approached Everest on our flight there was initially noisy excitement and a lot of cameras at work; but that gave way to a peaceful, reverential quiet. I looked over to see my wife staring out the window at Everest, with a steady stream of tears flowing. It is that amazing.
Trips for a purpose, to Lourdes or the Wailing Wall may seem unnecessary to many. An older couple we met on a trip to Antarctica told us once that, "The human spirit requires pilgrimages." The picture shown above of my wife and I exploring Antarctica was a surprise. It was taken by that older couple who sent it to us following that trip. We have always treasured the photograph, and their advice. We stayed in touch with the older couple and exchanged holiday cards with them, updating each other as to our adventures. One day we received a letter telling us that the old couple had died in South America. Their tour bus crashed down a mountain. Those who scoff at adventurers and religious pilgrims would say the older couple took unnecessary risks. Those same people would tell me that taking a flight to see Mount Everest was an unnecessary risk. I would reply, "The human spirit requires pilgrimages."
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