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A Planet Called Ocean

October 8th, 2014 05:00:00 am


A Planet Called Ocean

I recently read a quote by science fiction author Arthur C. Clark: “How inappropriate to call this planet earth when it is quite clearly ocean.” I thought about that for a moment and realized he's right. The land is really just a structure to keep the oceans from bumping into each other. Land gives the oceans shape. The oceans in and of themselves both wear land away—wear down mountains, shift the structure of the land—and move it—shifting, changing, exposing it to create new structures. The land is there to give the oceans a place to create life, and separate those sets of lives and waves. And shifts, and changes, and flows, and ebbs.

 

Now, if we look at the oceans as the emotions of man, and the structure, the physical body, as the spirit of man, and the land as the intellect, we'll see that the physical body and the intellect write the structures. But it is the spirit, the creativity, the heart, and the emotions of man that ebb and flow, shift and change that structure, destroying it in some places and building it up in others. And what a shame, because we put upon the pedestal the intellect in the physical body, and we scoff in so many ways at the heart and the soul. As this planet should be called oceans, so man is not really intellect and physical body. They just house the structures that the soul and the heart might find shape within and flow throughout.  

 

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