The first of four short films shot on location by Sherpas Cinema, The Wise Man is the emotive story of Eddie Hunter’s personal connection with the Banff National Park and Mt. Norquay, a mountain he has called home his entire life. Born in 1926, the same year Mt. Norquay was established, Eddie has been skiing Banff’s first ski resort for over 80 years. He escorts the viewer through Norquay’s past and present, sharing the impact the mountains have had on his life.
I’m 88. I call it my piano year and people say, “Why Piano?” Because there are eighty-eight keys. Some black, some white, but they all work together for harmony. And, I hope I’ve had some harmony in my life.
Establishing harmony is something we all aspire, but struggle to achieve. Others refer to harmony as a state of “balance” in an attempt to maintain a healthy work/life connection. But, balance is just a state of equilibrium, so maintaining equilibrium amongst unhealthy parts may actually create chaos. Eddie’s metaphor of the piano teaches us that harmony is the agreement or satisfying arrangement of parts. It’s the parts of one’s life that must satisfy one another in order to maintain internal wealth. It’s the idea of harmony that is the proper function of man, not balance.
Dan is an explorer for The Outbound and founder of The Proper Function, an outdoor editorial. He is passionate about exploration and can’t stay put for more than a week.