In 2007 this blog is dedicated to the Brotherhood of the Rope. The excellent picture above shows Mount Everest in the middle with a dark shadow across the mountain. The large shadow across the mountain symbolizes the events that occurred close to the summit last year.
See my January 1 post on the Brotherhood of the Rope. The rope gives us the strength of connection to climb mountains while the Brotherhood of the Rope is the psychological and deeper connection we share with each other. David Sharp was left to die on Everest last year as 40 climbers went past him. As opposed to my thoughts about this situation I encourage you to read the following two posts:
- Banjo Bannon’s open letter to Everest Climbers: Remember David Sharp!
- Death on Everest: An Ethics Lesson.
Most of us will never be faced with a situation of this magnitude in such thin air with such high stress and so close to the summit of our lives. I am not so interested in our judgement of the climbers who kept climbing as in the application of this story to our daily interactions with those we encounter as we mount our own personal summits.
Grab the rope as you take care and carry on caring.
Picture Credit: Mt Everest at sunset Sagarmatha national park by http://flickr.com/photos/canuck01/108200219/