You Can Learn A Lot From A Sherpa
Do you ever feel inferior to others? If someone has more money, more status, more education, more culture, better looks?
I think all of us feel a certain sense of inferiority from time to time. But should we? Maybe, maybe not.
Generally, that lack of self confidence is perceived much more by the person who thinks he/she is inferior, rather than by the person perceived to be superior. Like, if you feel like you’re a worm, it’s probably you feeling that way rather than someone treating you like a worm.
I’m listening to an interesting interview on NPR with the famous mountain climber, Sir Edmund Hilary. Sir Edmund, as you probably know, was the first person to ever reach the summit of Mount Everest. The climber was being interviewed in 1993 and discussed many of the aspects of climbing the world’s highest peak. No book on Mt. Everest would be complete without mentioning the Sherpas.
The Sherpas are a klan of mountainous people who live at altitudes where the rest of us are gasping for air. They generally lead the adventures up Mt. Everest, helping whatever traveler du jour decides he/she wants to tackle the highest point on planet Earth.
While discussing the Sherpas, Sir Edmund describes them as a people without the least sense of inferiority.
Think of this…a small group of people, living life as would have been done three centuries ago in one of the most remote locations in the world. Now, imagine 21st century western climbers showing up with all their fancy gear, sub-zero mummy bags, aluminum climbing poles, freeze dried food, etc. Can you imagine what must go through a Sherpas head? According to Sir Edmund Hilary, one thing they do not feel is inferiority!
It’s kinda hard for me to imagine these guys in their animal hides and fur gloves seeing brightly colored parkas and heavy duty boots. Moreover, it’s gotta go through their head how advanced these westerners are! Yet, no inferiority. Go figure!
Think we should strive to be more like the Sherpas? Probably wouldn’t be a bad idea, huh?