Musings

Mass Orchestrated Hermeneutical Instruments

Museums function as mass orchestrated hermeneutical instruments. They shape the interpretive lens of every visitor. You cannot unsee the killing tree outside of Phnom Penh nor can you forget the tiger cages show in HCMC. Once they have been etched into the mind of the visitor, these images and their cognisant ideas will form the way a pilgrim views a country and its people. Some things cannot be unseen, and shouldn't be. 

 

Fishermen on the water outside of Kep, Cambodia. 

Fishermen on the water outside of Kep, Cambodia. 

Twice in a Lifetime

 "I have to do it now, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!"

This is a fear driven mentality based upon a worldview of scarcity. It will rob the pilgrim of the precious peace achieved. Some opportunities are once in a lifetime, but not nearly as many as we are prone to think. Sometimes the most stupid things are made due to this mentality (e.g  "OMG, I just have to try that burning rope jump whilst balancing on a elephant head thing, after all, it is an once in a lifetime opportunity...). Other times we spend our days doing "once in a lifetime things" which end up being the basic top 10 lists of the area that thousands of other tourists have done before us.  

Discernment will be a essential tool for the pilgrim in deciding what to engage in and what to leave for the next time, or the next life. 

 

The remnants of a pier at Kep, Southern Cambodia. 

The remnants of a pier at Kep, Southern Cambodia. 

Anger

It has happened several times now, surprising me every time. A unexpected surge of energy bursting forth through my being. Usually this flood of energy continues through my body out tough my mouth. Not comfortable, and not pleasant to experience. I ponder on whether it is a long overdue boundary setting or a natural consequence of the prejudices I've harbored for the tourist touts of this country. Nevertheless, it is here and needs to be dealt with well. Welcome, anger, I know there is a place for you somewhere in here. 

 

The shadow of a construction worker on a gate in Kep, southern Cambodia. 

The shadow of a construction worker on a gate in Kep, southern Cambodia.