'Each day I continue to feel a certain oneness with you, this mountain. There is something similar in our nature.'
In this book, Mountain Love, eternal revolutionary, writer and artist Patrick Phillips presents to you something of his relationship with his local mountain (Meall nan Tarmachan and today, Ben Ledi) as an intimate conversation between them. However, his thoughts and love letters are addressed not only to his beloved mountain but also to the reader. For example, they include a meditation on Michael Jackson and his childhood (and making the connection between the height of a mountain and the human stage). He also makes the connection between the sometimes cruel nature of a mountain with his own cruel capacity in human nature. Also, he goes further with a meditation on the comparison between the solid formation of a mountain with the global mental health crisis we face today through endless government austerity. And unsurprisingly, he offers a much-needed deeper meditation on the exploitative quest of today's global economy. It is a book in many ways about mountain ontology: the essence of a mountain and the mystery of how the invisible relationships between us and nature form without our notice. In no supreme or fictitious order, here is a subtle collection of thoughts, musings, notes, brief letters, poems, prayers and perhaps a survival book, about how to survive the tyranny of today's profiteering ontological elite.