Raft of ideas
- By: Séamus Phillipsm
It is said that in Nepal there is a metaphor for everything. Some aspect of the country can represent whatever issues loom large in your life. The search for one's true self is mirrored in the quest for the elusive snow leopard in the high west. The fickle power of fortune is seen in the sudden storms on the high Himalayan ridges. And the danger of too much rash experimentation finds expression in the acquisition of apocalyptic diarrhoea.
So now here I was, in Nepal, after my finals. I thought about my own life issues. The gaining of a medical degree had been my goal for years. Now that I had it, I saw how little it meant. Like a Buddhist acolyte, I was one step closer to Nirvana and the shrugging off of material values. I found myself starting to compose little medico-Buddhist aphorisms: The giving of 1000 days'