Anything Is Possible

Dave Killion — September 24, 2012

The secret to splitting a mountain? Persistence and time.

Sometimes I despair that all my efforts to spread the libertarian philosophy will never succeed, but then I stumble across something like this

“Almost five decade ago, a landless farmer Dashrath Manjhi from Gahlor Ghati, of Gaya (a district of Bihar) resolved to end the difficulties of his villagers by shouldering a near impossible task of slitting a 300-feet-high hill apart to create a one-km passage.”

“He knew his voice (would) not create any reaction in the deaf ear of the government; therefore, Dashrath chose to accomplish this Herculean task alone. He sold his goats to purchase chisel, rope and a hammer. People would call him mad and eccentric spirited with no idea of his plans. Unfazed by his critics’ discouraging remarks, Dashrath hammered consistently for 22 long years to shorten the distance from 50km to 10km between Atri and Wazirganj. The day came when he stepped through a flat passage — about one-km long and 16-feet wide — to his dream, ‘the other side of the hill’.”

People like this humble me, and I am ashamed that I am both so impatient and so easily frustrated.

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