15 October 2010
Blog Action Day
And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.(Genesis 1:20-21)
It is He Who sends down water from the sky, and with it We bring forth vegetation of all kinds, and out of it We bring forth green stalks, from which We bring forth thick clustered grain. And out of the date-palm and its spathe come forth clusters... (Quran 6:99)
For men hath he created earth and waters,
and ever helped the prayer of him who worships.
(Rig Veda hymn)
“Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it.” (Lao Tzu)
I'm pleased that the folks at Blog Action Day chose this topic. Water has been so central to our existence, so ingrained in every culture, that it's easy to overlook. It's been said you never miss the water until the well runs dry. Will we wait that long?