Many are the wise and influential men and women that have tried to describe the value of water. From the beginning of our history until today humans have known that water is essential for all life and throughout history water has also carried an important holistic meaning that has invited many to reflect upon life itself.
“Water is the best of all things”.
—PINDAR, Olympian Odes, C.VI B.C.
“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it”.
—LAO TZU, S. VI BC.
“The sound of the water says what I think”.
—CHUANG TZU, C.IV BC.
“Water is the driving force of all nature. In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time”.
—LEONARDO DA VINCI, 1452-1519
“Water is a good servant but it is a cruel master”.
—JOHN BULLEIN, 1562
“When the well is dry, we know the worth of water”.
—BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1746
“The man who never alters his opinions is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind”.
WILLIAM BLAKE, 1757-1827
“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float”.
—ALAN WATTS, 1915-1973
“Water is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing, that makes water and nobody knows what that is”.
—D.H. LAWRENCE, Pansies, 1929
“The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark. The small truth has words which are clear; the great truth has great silence”.
—RABINDRANATH TAGORE, 1861-1941
“Water has no taste, no color, no odor; it cannot be defined, art relished while ever mysterious. Not necessary to life, but rather life itself. It fills us with a gratification that exceeds the delight of the senses”.
—ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY, Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939
“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water”.
—LORAN EISEL Y, The Immense Journey, 1957
“In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference”.
—RACHEL CARSON, 1907-1964
“We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one”.
—JACQUES YVES COUSTEAU, 1910-1997
“The water is your friend. You don’t have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move”.
—ALEKSANDER POPOV, 1859-1905
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No matter our religion or cultural belongings water has always played an important symbolic role in our lives. This becomes very clear when looking at the rituals held around the world with and for water, celebrating our gods, the earth and life itself. In the next blog we are going to take a closer look at some of these water rituals, because it is only when searching for what makes us all belong together that we can find strength and solutions to overcome the next phase of our collective existence.