as we all traverse through our lives, we keep our eyes on the goal, a look ahead, and fail to notice the beauty that we have around us.
We spend time defending our positions, only to change our positions after discovering a new factoid, or embracing a new belief system.
We are influenced by the media, our family/freinds/acquaintances, only to lose our real selves.
We get caught up in politics, the long term stability of our governments and economic systems and place value on what history has shown us to be valueless.
we lose sight of the important things in this life. after all, we are here for a short time, and that time is full of waste.
We are faced with opportunities for growth. Opportunities to break free of the mundane, the quid pro quo, the constraints that our lives have given us, opportunities to learn.
this is one of those times, where we can set our minds free of the chains that bind us, to have a minute to set back, and extrapolate wisdom from a learned associate of ours.
we all know him as the 'Iron Dwarf'.
the Dwarf is the proverbial 'Man on the Mountain'. The ID has imparted his wisdom, humor and patience with all of us. He has taught us that there is more to the book than its cover, to see the person inside of us, and to have patience, for we are all fellow strugglers, looking for love and acceptance in this cold world.
We all know of his accomplishments, and they are too many to list here.
This Thread, dedicated to our learned freind, will allow us to ask the most burning questions of our age. The questions that have haunted us for decades, questions that will forever change our view of life, and help us to understand what our tasks in life are preparing us for, and what we shall be able to do in order to attain.......enlightenment.
I would like to ask the first question of our most learned master.
the question is.....
In Ritchie Blackmore's band 'Rainbow', RJD sings of 'the man in the silver mountain' - please explain to me the metaphor that is the Man in the silver mountain, and what can we learn from this person and his struggles?