On May 8, 2008 at 9:10 AM local time, the Olympic Torch arrived at the peak, carried by a team of Tibetan and Chinese climbers in one of the few public displays of unity the two regions have displayed. With the torch raised high, the torch will never alight any higher on Earth itself. Mt. Qomolangma, for one brief moment, showed itself both as majestic and as mystical to the world, justifying its name as only the Goddess Mother of the Earth can portray.
The drive to restore Mt. Qomolangma as the rightful name of the world's tallest mountain exemplifies the true spirit of the Olympics, as well as human society norms. Localization of naming preferences is not just emblemic of tolerance, but is a hallmark of local pride. Certainly, nationalist tendencies being what they are, resentments play out, especially with policy that threatens to overshadow the very emotions that we have to deal with throughout our lives for a variety of reasons. Feelings of patriotic pride, for instance, that have their basis in the the true spirit of individual achievement, the strengthening of communities, and the betterment of society as a whole should be championed, as long as that very betterment extends beyond the borders.
Unfortunately, the Tibetan side of Mt. Qomolangma is mired in controversy. Indeed, there have been outright crimes of humanity that have occured. When MountQ.org was started, we had considerable concern for all people affected, particularly in Tibet, or the Tibet Autonomous Region, depending on one's own position.
But to be political in such an endeavor would defeat the purpose. Indeed, our purpose goes beyond politics, both national and international, and establishes a commitment to local pride and commitment to tradition. No matter where we live or what we do, we are united in such a task that transcends politics. We are autonomous humans with social tendencies, not pawns of oppressive socialist government or unfettered capitalist corporations.
And Mt. Qomolangma shall presevere in her presence, with the spirit of Sir George Everest, among others, her biggest fan.