“It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.”
Rachel Carson, The Sea Around Us
Tonight, I am remembering traveling the East Petpeswick Rd, in rural Nova Scotia, which leads to the famous Martinique Beach. It was a sunny day in late August, when we climbed a pathway up the hill that led to the beach. The view that greeted us at the top was breathtaking. The beach stretched for 5 kilometres, and the horizon reached the clouds.
And that is when I heard, what I can only describe as the voice of the ocean. Standing where the water touches the sand, I felt the wind and salt water spray touch my face, as I looked far into the distance.
Humanity has a complex relationship with oceans. We are forever connected to the sea even though we may lives miles away from a coastline.
Oceans moderate our climate, supply freshwater and oxygen, and influence the weather. We rely on oceans for food, medicine, transportation, recreation, and inspiration. Our lives are in their care. Perhaps that is why we look towards the horizon and listen for the voice of oceans. As Vincent Van Gogh, wrote: “The heart of man is very much like the sea: it has its storms, its tides, and its depths; it has its pearls too.
Come, walk the beach with me and imagine the smell of the sea and the sounds of the waves coming on shore.
“I am the shore and the ocean, awaiting myself on both sides.”