‘Moving Mountains: 447 x consciously uncoupled’, 2018

'Moving Mountains: 447 x consciously uncoupled', 2018

It’s only the dreamers who ever move mountains.

The character Brian Sweeney, in the film ‘Fitzcarraldo’, written and directed by Werner Herzog, 1982


You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.

Daumal, ‘Mount Analogue: A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing’, in P. Cousineau, ‘Once and Future Myths: The Power of Ancient Stories in Our Lives’, Conari Press, 2003, p40