If Disney offers a counterfeit bourgeoisie paradise, Tolkien’s work offers redemption from the values of that world by reawakening us to an animistic sense of wonder and participation in a vital, non-human centered cosmic order.
Within the temples, tourists wander about chattering and taking photos. Few indeed are the visitors who make bows at the threshold or offerings at the altar. Without knowing basic Buddhist traditions, tourists behave like the cattle of Indian streets. This trend could easily be summed up in a single word: commodification.
Jack Kerouac called from a phone booth while his friends Allen
Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky anxiously paced outside. "Hello, I'd like to meet with Dr. Suzuki . . . Right
NOW!" The scholar's secretary told him to be there in a half hour. Elated, the
three friends skipped down First Avenue to hail a cab.