A Friendship Without Barriers

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The story of two mountaineers being the first to scale the highest point in the world in 1953, was a massive achievement and a feat for human kind. But for me, it wasn't just about the fact that two men had successfully climbed Mount Everest. It was the fact that two men from two totally different nations, had come together to reach a common goal. Through friendship, persistence and unity, Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary achieved what many at the time could only dream of. Race should never matter, it should never be a problem. But we as humans create barriers, that prevent us from accepting each other. No one from one country should be seen as less inferior than another, for we are all human beings inhabiting this world. We should not let ourselves become separated, but united in achieving great things in this world together.

Submitted: May 27, 2017

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Submitted: May 27, 2017



Two souls ascended the unknown,

Something that had never yet been conquered,

An arduous task was at hand for these courageous souls,

But through their unwavering friendship, they achieved what so many had wanted.


Scaling that truculent, natural wonder.

Inching their way ever closer to the top,

They climbed and climbed without fail,

Until they finally reached the summit, they would not stop.


After their strenuous and enduring journey,

Their feet finally touched down upon the beast's head,

Looking out to the world below like kings surveying their kingdom,

The untouched snow crunching under their boot tread.


But this was not the work of two men,

Who were of the same nation,

It was in-fact the achievement of two friends,

Who strived to seek out new wonders, with perseverance and patience.


The New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary,

And the Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay,

Who worked side by side, caring not for their race or their differences,

Letting not a single thing get in their way.


You see, these racial divisions and all this hatred,

Are simply a waste of time,

We and we alone are the ones who create these barriers,

Why must we hate, when we can instead be kind.


It matters not what race we are,

Nor does it matter for the colour of our skin,

When we come together and share a common goal,

With friendship, unity and persistence... We can win.


 -- James William Cooper 

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