Seeing a lot of water like that every day is probably an important thing for human beings. For human beings might be a bit of a generalization—but I do know it’s important for one person: me. If I go for a time without seeing water, I feel like something’s slowly draining out of me. It’s probably like the feeling a music lover has when, for whatever reason, he’s separated from music for a long time. The fact that I was raised near the sea might have something to do with it.
| Haruki Murakami
She is alone. The salty sea is not alone because it’s salty and vast, and this is an achievement. Right then she knows herself even less than she knows the sea. Her courage comes from not knowing herself, but going ahead nevertheless. Not knowing yourself is inevitable, and not knowing yourself demands courage.
∆ Clarice Lispector, from “The Waters of the World”, Complete Stories (trans. Katarina Dodson)
The sea, rains, necessity, desire, the struggle against death — these are the things that unite us all. We resemble one another in what we see together, in what we suffer together. Dreams change from individual to individual, but the reality of the world is common to us all.
∆ Albert Camus, Create Dangerously, 1957
To say of beings and things that they are in-between is to align our awareness with the waters; to correspond with them is to join this awareness with the flow.
No two people can know the sea the same way.
∆ “Memory for Forgetfulness”, Mahmoud Darwish