Kung Fu Tea


The Pilgrim’s Progress

Observers have noted that while the meaning and object of worship varies, the pattern is universal.  I cannot help but agree as I contemplate the events of the last month.  First there was the ritual separation from family and friends.  While many have doubted the actual effectiveness of the TSA in stopping attacks, I don’t think that anyone would question their expertise in the construction of imposing ‘liminal barriers.”

The journey had been accompanied by all of the normal discomforts that come when one turns your mind to greater matters, rejecting the routine of daily life.  There is nothing quite like two days spent in airports, hotels and cabs to encourage the contemplative examination of one’s destiny.  As the expedition progresses one becomes ever more aware that travel is never a solitary venture.  Everywhere one sees their community of “common affliction,” also being shuttled from one…

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