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rock mountains and olives trees, Vincent Van Gogh

One English family was planning their climbing trip and looking for some rooms to rent. They found a suitable apartment which was owned by the local priest. They went to see it and returned home.
The father remembered that he did notice a bathroom in the apartment, which he called "a water closet." He wrote to the priest and asked if there was a "W.C." in or near the apartment.
The priest concluded that he must mean Wesley Chapel for "W.C.".
The family received the following letter a few days later:
Dear Sir and Madam:
The W.C. is located 9 miles from the house, in the heart of a beautiful grove of trees. It will seat 150 people at one time, and is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Some people bring their lunch and make a day of it.
On Thursdays there is an organ accompaniment. The acoustics are very good. The slightest sound can be heard by everyone.
There are professional photographers to take photos the present in all positions in order to create a photo album to be displayed on the notice board.
It may interest you to know that my daughter met her husband at the W.C.
We are now in the process of taking donations to purchase plush seats. We feel that we need them for a long time, as the present seats have holes in them.
My wife, being rather delicate, hasn't been able to attend regularly. It has been six months since she last went. Naturally, it is painful for her not to be able to go more often.
I will close now with the desire to accommodate you as my best as possible, and will be happy to save you a seat either down front or near the door, as you prefer.

If you want to climb well you will need to establish a dialogue with the rock, you will need to understand what the rock wants to communicate. If you do not understand the rock, you may answer like the Priest, misunderstanding the toilet for the Wesley Chappel.

Why the rock is often misunderstood?

Read a route on the rock as if you are reading a story with full of metaphors.
In order to understand the meaning of a metaphor, it is necessary to have a free mind with prior learning and focus on the context. If you are faced with a phrase like "man is a wolf," the meaning may vary depending on the context, can be man is savage, or the man hunt other animals, or man is hungry etc ... It all depends on the context. The role of context is crucial to understand a metaphor. The context always provides the important information you need, sometimes they are obvious, sometimes hidden, but always present and intuitive, and makes the metaphor understandable.

The metaphor does not have a fixed meaning by nature, it also applies to the rock, just a tiny roughness of the rock can completely change the cards on the table!

How do you read the rock?

First you need to have a free mind from memorized movements and positions. When you climb with the mind full of prepared schemes, you will tend to force them on the rock climbing situations. Unfortunately (or rather fortunately) the rock is not configured with conventional patterns, so the positions from textbook never perfectly fit to the situations on the real rock. The result will be a useless attempt to fit a theoretical model into reality. The theoretical knowledge is a filter that prevents a clear vision of reality, so the first step will be to forget the abstract schematic that artificially constructed postures. After all you can not expect to understand a story if you come across the phrase "man is a wolf", it is interpreted literally in the sense that man is just a wolf. This is exactly what happens when you read the rock in a superficial way, with the arrogance to think you know everything already. In fact, the rock tells his secrets, just be prepared to catch them.

Ivo Buda