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Sea Character

Sea Character

The sea – this truth must be confessed – has no generosity. No display of manly qualities – courage, hardihood, endurance, faithfulness – has ever been known to touch its irresponsible consciousness of power.  The ocean has the consciousless - the temper of a savage autocrat spoiled by too much adulation.  The sea can not brook the slightest appearance of defiance, and has removed the irreconcilable enemy of ships and men had the unheard-of audacity to go afloat together in the face of its frown.
— Joseph Conrad, Typhoon
 Moored in a swift tidal flow, Mystique sits pretty between Hog Cay and Warderwick Wells in the Exuma Land and Sea Park in 2015. Near the Pirates Lair, this sweet spot was safe and secure for Bahamian pirates of the seventeenth century. 

Moored in a swift tidal flow, Mystique sits pretty between Hog Cay and Warderwick Wells in the Exuma Land and Sea Park in 2015. Near the Pirates Lair, this sweet spot was safe and secure for Bahamian pirates of the seventeenth century. 

Despite it having existed for many more millenniums than humans, the sea is often misunderstood. Like most distant cultures, the sea speaks a unique language while living differently from, yet uncomfortably close to humans. Though humans often like to live close to the sea, many citizens have yet to befriend and trust it. The sea's nature and "marine-speak"  are easy to learn, yet many fail to take the time to comprehend how and what sea is communicating.  Too inexperienced? Too ignorant? Too dumb?

Like any citizen who fails to grasp his or her country’s multicultural history and heritage, the sea is like a judged individual who pays a heavy price in being misunderstood. When something or someone appears "weird", maybe it's the judger who needs to examine his or her perspective. It's incumbent on humans as caretakers, not rulers, to learn the ways and waves of the sea; no the other way around. After all, the Earth isn't human.

 Whether we like it or not, we all live together on our planet - OUR HOME!

Whether we like it or not, we all live together on our planet - OUR HOME!

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The Earth doesn't have any choice. It has to be itself.  Unfortunately, it can't choose its caretaker.  It's alive, but sick. It's not stupid, but it is attached to a polluter who acts carelessly.  When humans don't understand speak the same language as humans so it is often misunderstood. 

To survive, humanity needs to digest full doses of respect and love.  But often mankind does not respect itself enough to receive this important dosage of human kindness to make itself healthy. It often fights itself while raping, pillaging and disrespecting its own and only planet By failing to understand other life forms such as animals and plants, many people fail Nature. It often fails to receive the respect it is due. With a mentality that Nature is too big to fail, humanity forgets, overlook and ignore lessons and evidence from science, history, geology, foreign language class and eyewitness accounts, documentaries, forecasts and intuition. Humans rely and respect wealth, possession, ownership,  greed, ignorance and misinformation but like following lemmings falling themselves off a cliff, they are following dangerous and deadly definitions towards their own suicide. Failing to accept differences, fails to honor distinctions and diversity. When like-mindedness and righteous arrogance and entitlement rule, the world suffers.  Like us chemotherapy to kill cancer, we are so ignorant, we might kill ourselves to kill the cancers within us. Yet we don’t have to kill ourselves to cure our sicknesses.

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If the sea possesses character, the sea must also have personality.  It has a nature; it is, after all, NATURE. While it may often be described and defined in human terms, it is no more human than a whale, octopus or porpoise. Nature has its own unique language and character. Like all living species, we are all different from each other while still being a product of the same Earth. Different but similar is a concept too difficult to grasp for some.  Unlike creatures of habit or conditioning, the sea behaves without human control. Yet not all understand the seas or weather for what they are. 

Some landlubbers may argue that because seas have a temperature, they have a temper or temperament - they may misbehave from time to time,  Chaotic turbulence appears tantrum-like in a human perspective yet most seafarers know that while the sea may seem tempestuous or chaotic at times, the sea is more than responding to the forces around it.

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Certainly when seas and airs have been stirred up or altered by human interference, they act similar to how human emotions stir human reaction.  While some may say the sea has a mentality, relative few give it credit for possessing mental capabilities.   Few might bestow the sea as having a consciousness, morality or sense of ethics - traits occasionally attributable to more humane humans.  Some people can only judge or label Nature in human terms.  without Giving the sea the highest human qualities, would of course become too mytical.. Like how different Native American tribes were abused by white settlers who had a darker skin color and spoke a distinctive tongue and dialect.  

Humanity can often praise itself.  VIrtuesempathycouragefortitudehonesty, and loyalty, are noticeable traits but so too are misbehavioral habits.  The sea is void of human sins and vices - wrathgreedslothpridelustenvy, and gluttony, but humans often view ways to portray showers, squalls, hurricanes or even cold fronts with negative traits: "That was an "angry" storm or "that squall hit with a vengeance.".

 Above is how many educational systems evaluated students. Below is a list and links to how humans judge their own character. I found it interesting how some hold this standard up against the sea and Nature. How and why humans do this can only be the result of their own lack of education, their own ignorannce, arrogance and conceit.

Above is how many educational systems evaluated students. Below is a list and links to how humans judge their own character. I found it interesting how some hold this standard up against the sea and Nature. How and why humans do this can only be the result of their own lack of education, their own ignorannce, arrogance and conceit.

“The winds, the sea, and the moving tides are what they are. If there is wonder and beauty and majesty in them, science will discover these qualities...If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.
— Rachel Carson

The Six Pillars of Character

While it is pretty self-evident that Nature and nurture help develop healthy humans. However, what is still in clear is how Nature can convince humans to respect and honor it.  When humans stop defining Nature’s character in human terms, Nature will have a chance to recovery and be own unique self.  What follows are questions to test for human character.  How many human character traits actually relate to the sea? Maybe you will decipher where humanity and Nature diverge. Maybe you will see how unfair it is for humans to compare the natural world to themselves.

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came.
— John F. Kennedy

Is the sea fair?

Treats others with respect; follows the Golden Rule? 

Is the sea tolerant and accepting of differences? 

Use good manners, not bad language 

Is the sea considerate of human feelings? 

 Does the sea threaten, hit or hurt anyone? 

Does the sea deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements?

 After Hurricane Irma and a month submerged, the bow bridle pulled out of the salt water reveals a clinging collection of saelife forms - clams, oysters, barnacles, mollusks, shrimp and thriving moss.

After Hurricane Irma and a month submerged, the bow bridle pulled out of the salt water reveals a clinging collection of saelife forms - clams, oysters, barnacles, mollusks, shrimp and thriving moss.

Most of us, I suppose, are a little nervous of the sea. No matter what its smiles may be, we doubt its friendship.
— H.M. Tomlinson 

Sea as trustworthy?  

 

 

Does it deceive, cheat, or steal?

Is it reliable — does what it says it will do? 

 Does the sea possess courage? 

 Does the sea have "good" reputation? 

Is it loyal — stands by family, friends, and country?

is it honest?

“The sea hates a coward!
—  Eugene O'Neill; Mourning becomes Electra (1931)

Is the sea respectful? 

The sea - this truth must be confessed - has no generosity. No display of manly qualities - courage, hardihood, endurance, faithfulness - has ever been known to touch its irresponsible consciousness of power.
— Joseph Conrad

Is a sea responsible? 

 

 

 

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Does the sea do what it is supposed to do? 

Plan ahead?

Perseveres: keeps on trying? 

Always does its best? 

Uses self-control?

Is self-disciplined? 

Thinks before it acts — considers consequences? 

Is accountable for its words, actions, and attitudes? 

Sets a good example for others?

Plays by rules? 

 Takes turns and shares? 

 Is open-minded; listens to others? 

 Doesn’t take advantage of others? 

 Doesn’t blame others carelessly? 

 Treats all people fairly?

But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
— Khalil Gibran

Is the sea caring?

 

 

 

 

Is the sea kind? 

Is it compassionate and show it cares? 

 Expresses gratitude? 

 Forgives others? 

 Helps people in need

Is it a good citizen?

Shows how you care? 

Shares in a community 

Cooperates? 

Is involved in community affairs? 

 Stays informed; votes? 

Is a good neighbor?

Obeys laws and rules? 

Respects authority? 

Protects the environment?

Volunteers?

Does Nature / the sea need humans? Yes, because of what humans have done to them. Can it recover? Yes, if humans were to either disappear or begin to aid their polluted home.  The Earth needs no drugs, antibiotics or pesticides to administer help.  It needs healthcare, not punishment.  Our gift to our planet to be its caretaker, not its ruler or slave master or sea god. We need to view our world with its own distinct character.  It is not human; it is our only home and as such should be respected and honored.  After all, we do not possess it; it possesses us!

If you hadn't noticed in this blog, Nature failed the human test of character.  Of course, It could not succeed if it were judged by human standards.  Because it is not human, it need to be evaluated by its own uniqueness.  And as one of a kind, there is no comcomparison.  The test humans will have to administer and take now is one which evaluates how well humans have understood nature's true character.

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While I write this post, I'm explored how humans not only define the Earth in human terms, but also how they disrespect and harm it by labeling or comparing it to human character.  I came across these interesting articles: 

The Consequences of Misreading Human Nature.
The Effects of Human Intervention on the Environment
HUMANS, NATURE, AND ETHICS.

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