All contrived phenomena
Are like a dream, an illusion, a bubble, a shadow,
Like dew or a flash of lightning;
Thus should be regarded as such.
The above gāthā from the Diamond Sutra is my motto of practising anthropology (and life!). We should always remind ourselves that anthropologists are just one of the blind men touching a part of the elephant, and be prepared to perceive the world in a radically different way!