Countenance of Nepal

Time: 2011. 10. 15

Place: Nepal

People: Jiang Shan, Er Ge, Dong Dong

To be a good designer, you have to know the width of the world and the depth of humanity.


All the time, for me, travel is walking and leaving memories with job. Walking has nothing to do with scenery. Walking is a soul’s journey, so freedom is vital. Only in this way, the memories accumulated in journey can be stored and transformed in thinking. Though the memories may be neglected, fragments still remain at pallium. If needed, they will come out. 

Tibetan Buddhism has a thinking state called visualization, in which a person, closing his eyes, can predict what will happen in the future, like watching a film. I believe in this visualization. Every one may have such a psychological experience that he encounters a similar scene, seeming to have happened in the same way before. I think it is because of the combination of memory scraps. Stimulated by external factors, memories in the past or remains in the dreams combine and form such scene, so familiar, so similar, for no reason. Visualization is cultivation of memory and exploration of the universe’s principles, reflecting the future by the past and mastering today according to rules. Such cultivation is a journey, a reflection on life and an ideological worship.  

In Nepal, the most impressive feeling is the existence of human. The countenance of a nationality, a nation and a region is reflected on the faces of people, especially those of the ordinary civilians.

Feeling the streams of people makes one ponder over the meaning of life. Human beings come from a single cell and pass away as a pile of ash. Maybe metempsychosis is just wafting ash. Life itself is meaningless. The meaning lies in the whole journey of life, in experiencing and enjoying every little bit of the journey. Everyone has his journey. Different senses of value lead to different modes of thinking. The most valuable treasure is free thinking mode. Freedom and thoughts stay high.

The countenance of Nepal lies in people’s faces and their thoughts and belief, instead of natural scenery.

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