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The Mountain May Be High


On a trip to Washington, I went to see the Korean Gallery at the National Museum of Natural History. An old Korean poem from the past caught my attention. It reminded me of K.

the mountain may be high,
but it is still below heaven.
climb and climb again;
everyone can reach the summit.
only the man who never tried
insists the mountain is high.

K. was born blind. He could have easily become society’s protégé and be assured of kindness and a home. He didn’t like the idea, though. It would be living like a bird in a cage. He longed for independence. He wanted his own apartment and a job in a downtown office. He knew it wouldn’t be easy, but he kept on trying. In the end, his perseverance paid off. He realized his dream.

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November 29, 2010 at 1:00 am 9 comments

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i have hated the words and i have loved them, and i hope i have made them right.

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