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Solicited Detour预期的绕道

Departing from Tashkent, I could have taken a northern route along Bishkek, Almaty, and Yining, bringing me to the border of China by the least mountainous way and thus at a faster pace. That route is replete with interesting places that wouldn’t be difficult to blog about. However, I would like to share with you the reasons for this solicited detour, which led me to follow a road directly to one of the most important stations on this Journey to the East due to its symbolic meaning as an embodiment of the potential that East and West can achieve together, can support each other, and perhaps, eventually, may even survive together. This might sound a bit over the top, but I believe there is a fair chance now they may perish together in a future global scenario we would do better to address with our best capacities, not our worst.


Following the classic Silk Road into the Fergana Valley, once the perfect communication line of exchange through trade, I arrived in Osh, the second city of Kyrgyzstan. This city allows me to reflect on a lifeline a thousand times stronger than trade, which after all can still be motivated by greed, our biggest enemy. I’m talking about a new kind of Silk to dress our destiny. This lifeline is wisdom, symbolized by Osh’s landmark, the Throne of Solomon, arguably the wisest leader in history, a protagonist in the Bible, Torah, and Holy Quran, respected and venerated by all the world religions that my journey has passed through so far. I have witnessed, and even endured literally, the theater of hate between these traditions. So, no detour would scare me away from the monument that symbolizes the promise of wisdom as the power to abide by the will to live, rather than the urge to steal or even kill.


While I am now paying the price of this detour, crossing a mountain zone of epic proportions and facing elevations higher than I have ever climbed before, this is the moment to talk about Solomon. He is the role model we need most today to get back on track for peaceful coexistence and collaboration to secure a future shared by many, not by few. I knew of Solomon as a child when I was told the famous story of how he discerned the true mother of a child. Giving up can reveal the most powerful thing in life: love. People who know Solomon from the Torah may be aware of his assignment to build the Temple of Jerusalem, a synthesis of human skills and dedication, giving your best. But here, in a Muslim city, he is admired as Suleiman, someone not only wise but even capable of speaking with spirits and animals.


Here is Solomon, perhaps in contrast to his father King David, being a prophet of getting along well. The Suleiman Too, a rocky hill you can climb to its top, overlooks the entire city and community of Osh, providing the necessary view that all are equal in their quest for a decent life. To be on that Throne means to acknowledge that, allow that, support that.


But besides a few visitors like me, the Throne of Suleiman is empty today. Still, we need a Solomon more than anything in this world. One who is committed to compromise, who understands that mutual understanding and respect are the cornerstones of peace. And one who could even bridge the profound miscommunication between humans and the nature that sustains them, between civilization and planet. We need a figure that unifies in a world in the middle of rupture. If Osh could help me articulate this, no detour is too burdensome to prevent me from that.


It’s 7am and my next mountain pass awaits. If I reach the 2700-meter top, I will take a picture for all readers.



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