What does a master builder do on holidays? He sets up a monument! This article will report on a private, voluntary achievement due to its uniqueness.
Thanks to Jürgen Prigl, bonds of friendship connect Soest with the exciting region of Vinschgau and the people of South Tyrol. Love for mountaineering and the friendship with Wolfgang Platter, Director of the Stelvio National Park, lead to a beautiful gesture. On the way back from Ortler, Wolfgang Platter said to Jürgen Prigl: “With your initiative, the Soester Runde, and as president of the EACD, you have already done so much for our marble school and South Tyrol, I am going to dedicate a climb to you”. Prigl replied in the thin mountain air: “If that is true, I will do something again and donate it”.
The fun turned serious. Due to the lack of free time, it took two years until the stela was complete with the theme: THE SPIRIT AND THE GOLDEN RULE / THE SPIRIT GOES WHERE IT CHOOSES.
Versions of the golden rule are carved in stone in the original languages of the world’s religions. The collection of the original texts and the naming of all contributors – who gave their efforts voluntarily for this project – is listed on a plaque in German, Italian and English. The templates for the stone inscriptions came about in a global way to avert any possibility of errors – and certainly not by means of information available online. The information was gained by consulting with highly qualified individuals, such as Rabbi Dr. Henry G. Brandt, Saraswati Albano-Müller (granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi), Prof. Mahendra Shakya (Master of Buddhism, Sumangali Monastery), Anita Chitrakar, Karl-Friedrich Bartlewski, Dr. Hassan Daoud…