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Friday April 19, 2019

The Way of the Waterman

Life came from the sea. The Way of the Waterman explores and presents the epic philosophy of the waterman. At our core, we are all watermen. A waterman, one whose life is dominated by the sea, lives close to the changing rhythms of tide and weather. Over the centuries, this proximity to nature has produced a philosophy for living. —The Fellowship of Fortuna

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“…and we are all swept irresistibly along the lines of our fates – all headed for that great cement mixer at the end of the road. And even resistance doesn’t matter, not a bit. Even the greats will fall from greatness. Even the meanest, toughest, punkest, nastiest dude will grow old and wrinkled and won’t be able to chew wet toast…”

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“The strength of our character is in the combination of our words and their actions. When we use a word or a phrase too often, the meaning becomes diluted and loses…”

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Dorothy Parker: “Exactly what do you mean by ‘guts’?”
Ernest Hemingway: “I mean, grace under pressure.”

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Its final destruction in shallow water culminates the three phases in the life of a wave. From birth to maturity to death, a wave is subject to the same laws as any other “living” thing…

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Ocean waves are among the earth’s most complicated natural phenomena, yet when we picture waves in the abstract, our minds might conjure an image of the perfect concentric ripples that echo the point of entry of a pebble into smooth pond waters…

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“We are surrounded and influenced everywhere by waves. From the radiations of light and color, to the sounds that vibrate through our atmosphere…”

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“The beach is a tidal zone, a ragged and chaotic borderland where the interplay of planetary and cosmic forces is perhaps most clearly revealed. As an expression of those dynamics, the surf is beauty’s edge, an eternal dialogue between utterly different yet complementary worlds….”

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