What does it mean to be so far north on this planet?

by Guest Blogger

July 28, 2005

Being an Indian it’s hard to explain but I will try…home is the

tropics, and the North was always the Himalayas. The roof of the world

was Tibet… What a tiny picture of the world, eh? One email and it is

split wide open. An offer to travel to Greenland with the Arctic

Sunrise, I will never see the world in the same way again. How can you?

How can anyone who has seen life above the Arctic Circle? Heavenly it

is, white clouds blanket you and blue skies peek through, promising a

boundless outer world even higher. Ice floating along, sometimes like

meringues soft creamy and crunchy; or like high mountains jagged and

steep idly floating by, or are they journeying?

I had heard of global warming and climate change. They sounded like a real

threat, but never did I REALISE it. There is an unimaginable difference

between being told and realising! Realisation comes from experience and

the understanding that comes with it.

It’s been dawning on me, like the Arctic summer sun shines after a long

dark winter gently lighting up the horizon and then sharply ascending

the sky… the boundless sky of knowing. Looking out here is like looking

into our past.

It feels like this is the mother of the oceans, the birthplace of

currents. I see it now…ice is life…it gives life little by

little…and no one understands it better than the people who have lived

here for thousands of years. The awe I feel for people here and the

landscape that shaped them is as enormous and endless as the ice I see

around me. It’s a hard life but it’s also free. An arctic explorer Knud

Rasmussen said that true wisdom can only be found far from the dwellings

of man. Could this be a ray of wisdom dawning in me?

A wisdom than shows me how important it is for change to come, how we

are all responsible for the choices we make, to keep old traditions

close and try and make place for the new.

We must protect our home, it’s the only one we have, without bombarding

it with things we create… because honestly we might be mighty but not

mightier than mother nature… here, nature humbles me… shows me how

puny we are and it’s beautiful to feel that way. It is the truth. The

arctic is a birthplace of life pure and painful. I shall always revere

it and respect it, as being here illuming my world, which gets brighter

and bigger everyday.

– Isha

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