Musings from the MK 2022
So, from all of this what did I learn? What did I learn from that time on Bevin pass? I am still trying to put it into words, but it requires a wordsmith greater then myself. But I still will try:
Transcendence. I've experienced it once before years ago in the sequoias snowshoeing among them with a friend. No one else was around and it was a slog to reach... I thought it was the trees. But no. That moment wasn't tied to that specific place or the trees. It is greater. The path is all around us.
Feeling the overwhelming wave of true transcendence is a rare and special gift few people are given. And this is why wilderness must exist, be protected, and most of all, be wild!
Conservation should not be motivated from prescribing a set of morals or ethics upon anyone or by issuing political dictats; its meaning has nothing to do with those things. Preserving wilderness is vital. Wilderness is a place where people who may be called to it can experience transcendence. Others will find other places, thoughts, paths and people to find that moment themselves; the vessels of everyone's own journey should all be valued as highly, wherever and whatever they are! The rugged wilderness has been my own path to finding that moment and in that and I am not alone; the First Nations have gifted us through generations that knowledge of just how special the land is and also a history more profound than we might be able to comprehend. I am thankful they continue to pass that realization along and we should all continue it.
Thus, it is vitally important to preserve wilderness not just for those who already embrace it, but for everyone. We should preserve it for all of us here, now, and for those still to arrive, such that this pathway to transcendence will always remain open. Not just for those who know but, more importantly, for those who might just dip their toes in the water, step on the path and may decide to climb or continue onto their own journeys. And may we all, in whatever way we find, achieve that feeling of transcendence.
Go visit the MK. Start your journey and if we meet we shall together be light and dance! And all you artists, I implore, venture into it and use all your skills; help convey its experience onto everyone.