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By Kenneth J Kiwicz

Published on September 8, 2017 on LinkedIN 

Inspiration From the Inca Trail: Widget

Recently, I revisited the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the first American Philosopher. His book Self-Reliance and Other Essays inspired me line after line. 

Many people have heard of the Philosopher's Stone, the magical stone capable of turning base metals into gold. Alchemists call this transmutation. A Philosopher's Stone contradicts the purpose of Philosophy.

"Philosophy is an attempt to reduce the flux of the world to arrive at unchanging truth." Source

One of the core beliefs of Ralph Waldo Emerson was that people and nature are inherently good. In order to inspire you to experience nature and yourself as Ralph Waldo has inspired me, I have picked out a pivotal moment from my 4 day hike on the Inca Trail. The stairs in this section are considered the "5th scariest stairs in the World." 

Inspiration From the Inca Trail: CV
View of the fifth "scariest stairs in the world" from the top (November 2014)

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us"―  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inca Stairs, Peru

At Machu Picchu, 600 feet or so of steep, slippery, cloud-covered granite rocks the Inca carved more than 500 years ago into the side of Huayna Picchu (the peak in everyone's photos) lead to the rarely visited Moon Temple—and a spectacular view of the ruins.

The park limits the climb to the first 400 visitors each morning and has added some metallic chains in the worst parts, so hold on because on one side is a sheer, damp wall and on the other, a straight drop into the Urubamba river. Source


"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,we must carry it with us, or we find it not."―  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Climbing the stairs was worth the effort!

If you are into scary stairs: Worlds Scariest Stairs

If you are considering a career change, WikiHow provides steps on how to "Become-a-Philosopher"

Get inspired again at My Website and Blog

Read my other LinkedIn article: Curiosity, Imagination, and Sales


Cosmic Synthesis of Gold

If you want to know more about the science behind cosmic "transmutation" whereby base metals are transformed into gold, check out this fantastic article: The Mysterious Origin of Our Galaxy’s Gold.

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