When he finally arrived at the foot of the mountain, he found a large village of people. They welcomed him warmly. He discovered that most of them had come just as he had, after careful searching and long journeying. When he spoke of his intention to climb the mountain, everyone understood and was encouraging. Some even said they wanted to go along with him, but at the agreed upon hour they didn't show up. As he got to know them better, some of them shared their experiences of trying to climb the mountain. Some laughed, and some cried, but there was always pain and regret behind it.