As the lovely street-side cafés of Jakarta and the stages and stadiums of Paris again open their doors to the world, thoughts will turn to what a future defined by these tragedies might look like. Let us work to ensure that it is a future expressed by global empathy, compassion, and understanding, and not by increasing distrust and conflict.
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Nanda Devi is known as the "bliss-giving goddess," though the Sanskrit word "ananda," at the root of her name, is better understood as "contentment." Being an atheist, I seek the mountain more than the goddess, though the two are inseparable. Despite my disbelief, I have always appreciated the spiritual resonance of the Himalayas.