Imagining a world without war is not as difficult as it sounds.
Long before that moment in 2005, when hope for a peaceful world nearly left my heart, I had learned of a peaceful culture, an ancient culture, where the people lived in harmony with the land and each other for hundreds of years–and where some, despite Western encroachment, maintain that lifestyle today.
They are the Ladakhi. They live in one of the most punishing climates in the world, in the shadow of the Himalayas in Northern India.
Thanks to linguist, author and activist Helena Norberg-Hodge, we know a great deal about the people of Ladakh. Years before the events of September 11, 2001, her book, Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh, inspired and filled me with me hope. Since then Norberg-Hodge and the Ladakhi are my bulwark and my guide. On the next page, “Learning from Ladakh,” I’ll show you a bit more about this far northern region of India and its people who lived so happily, healthily and well before we westerners brought monoculture, Barbie’s and Rambo to the region.
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