I love shortcuts. When I was a child, I walked to elementary school through a dense and dark forest instead of following the well-lit road around it. When I went to high school, there was a shortcut across a derelict industrial site. When I wanted to get from A to B, I often just cut through people’s backyard. Even now, when I need to go somewhere, I don’t like to follow the signs, but I prefer to take out a map and find the shortest possible route, even if it leads across rail tracks or if I have to jump across a deep ravine.
But there is one exception:
If you are ever in China and you want to get to the top of Hua Shan, you might meet a monk who will tell you “I know a shortcut. Trust me!” – You should neither trust nor follow him, because this is the path he will lead you along:
When watching this video, I get physically sick – and shocked when at the end of it, the guy says “OK, I should finally use two hands” before turning off the camera.