it’s amazing what free divers can do. this makes me wonder about a much different group of free divers: the ama divers along japan’s coastlines. i wonder how these strong, courageous, sustaining, and almost mermaid like women are doing in the wake of the enormous chain of disasters that have just hit. my heart goes out to them as the primary stewards of the coastline, and of course, to all the people of japan. see clif’s post on the ama: http://kurungabaa.net/2009/04/06/ama-divers/
on another note, i found this film to be interesting, but kind of bizarre and creepy (and i’m not sure i feel good about it). interesting, of course, because of the grace, endurance, and nimbleness displayed by the entire film crew and the actors in a challenging, deep underwater setting. but creepy because i looked up the u.s.s. vandenberg, which the end of the film says the florida keys are “lucky” to have, and got to thinking about the history of that ship and also the circumstances of how it became an artificial reef. the U.S. navy intentionally sunk it to ‘create’ an artificial reef: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Hw4pGOKMOk&feature=related
aren’t the reefs that the sea floor and the ocean create good enough? and how healthy is it to explode a ship and let it sink to the ocean floor–probably taking out established habitat in its path? i’m sure it would be really exciting to come upon sunken ships like these as a diver, but really? doesn’t the world have enough military monuments above sea level? the whole thing just doesn’t sit well with me. and i really do wonder what the sealife who have made it their habitat think and feel about the energy of that ship and all the history it carries with it.
anyway, thanks for posting this and eliciting this interrogation for me, noah.
Well, I see and respect your point Dina, and what you feel is what you feel.
But I kind of feel differently in that since the warships are there anywhere and war is part of human nature (even if it’s not part of how I try to live my life), it kind of feels good to see life prevail, and human arrogance and nonsensical industrial wonders being absorbed and reclaimed back into the continuity of life, independent of human ego.
Don’t get me wrong, I would take a pristine reef anytime, just like I would like to see my home beach (Jose Ignacio, Uruguay) wild and free of designer summer houses of the rich and shallow from Argentina, but that is gone. Everything is impermanent, and if at least I could see the houses abandoned and vines slowly creeping over them and foxes burrowing in their garages, I would feel some kind of poetic justice has been served. The warship-reefs give me that kind of feeling.
But in the end of course, that craving for justice is a form of attachment and the Buddha would gently advice against it, but even so, as a reminder of impermanence, I kind of like the sunken sheep reefs.
*…warships are there anyway…*
*…sunken ship reefs…*
attachment -> *clinging*
Local scuba-diver worried about the implications of making artificial reefs with sunken sheep…
( sorry, slow day at work )
yeah, i can see what you mean peej. that’s partly how i feel too–about the life prevailing thing. the main consolations i have is that the sea has taken it over and adapted around it, and that something playful and artistic has come out of an old war relic. perhaps the spirits down there are more delightfully mischevious than forlorn or demonic? i don’t plan on diving there ever, really, so i guess i will just have to imagine!
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