#51 (S2 Ep 20) - On Being Ignorant, Lessons Learned In Pursuit Of Everest, Ernest Hemingway and My Father's Ghost
Herein is a revelation straight from Havana Cuba, where I witnessed a mirage of my father, who had passed more than a decade before. My father was a poet, an English literature major at Brown University. He instilled in me an almost surreal sense of the romantic, which, and this is for a future episode, I believe is what made him an alcoholic, and, tragically, partially inspired the death by suicide of my brother, only three months after his own passing.
These are lessons learned in pursuit of Everest, where in 1999 I came face to face with George Leigh Mallory, who disappeared 75 years previously, last seen with his partner Sandy Irvine at over 28,000 feet in 1924.
The series of events that unfolded after that discovery jarred me awake me from a dreamy sleep of ignorance. I’d been living a life steeped in idealism. After the discovery of Mallory, which made world news, I found myself the object of ire by a few....a few who became the object of my ire for years….until, seated at the Ambos Mundos bar in Havana Cube I came to realize they were my greatest teachers.
In that moment, I knew I was ready to begin writing my story….
Music for today's episode is by Stewart Miller, Natalia Kamia and other invisible entities.
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PEACE AND LOVE,
Thom Dharma Pollard
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