Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia, Reimagining India Study Tour
Kia Ora! My name is Morgan Koster. I was born in California but grew up across England and New Zealand as well. I study Philosophy, Anthropology and Political Science at the University of Waikato.
Although I have never been anywhere near India or any part of Asia, I have been intrigued by India for quite some time. While academically, philosophy is mainly focused on Western schools of thought, I try to look further than this when I can to explore areas of personal intrigue.
I was introduced to Indian and Eastern philosophy when looking into the inspiration and guiding values behind the counterculture movement of the 60s and 70s. This led me to delve further into Eastern philosophies. I find that they often portray the world so magically and profoundly, yet with an indescribable truth and stunning simplicity.
I never imagined I would get such a wonderful opportunity to connect so intimately with ideas, ways of life, worldviews, etc., that I have loved from afar. I am particularly excited about visiting Gandhi’s ashram and Rishikesh (The Yoga Capital of the World). I look forward to observing how India’s rich religious, spiritual, and philosophical history moulds social organisation and is reflected in everyday life.
I know this programme will change my life in some way. I don’t know how, in what way, or to what extent. That’s exciting. But, I enjoy thinking of ‘future Morgan,’ who knows exactly how her life changed because of this experience. I can see her thinking of me (who doesn’t yet know), thinking of…
A bad poem about airports Airports- a liminal space where Humans of every race rush as one to a place of their own People scurry my vision is hazy, clarity fading, my mind grows daisies, Time got lazy I have the airport crazies Bodies are estranged from brains, they flew away on planes and we…