“The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too.”
-Luther Standing Bear
The past few decades have brought impressive levels of “development” and infrastructure to China and Tibet. Yet how do we measure the success of a country? It’s GDP? It’s number of roads? Schools? Or is it something entirely different? Something we cannot quantify.
What sacrifices are acceptable to make in the name of development?
Here’s a short video of the second half of our trek and our time in Rebgong (Tongren in Chinese). We are currently in the village of Sakor in our second homestay. This past week of trekking and living in rural communities has been challenging and cold yet also nourishing and grounding. Life here puts things in perspective. There is joy and hardship deeply interwoven in these mountains.
Happy belated “Columbus Day.” May we, China and Tibet never forget our histories.