Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Dangerous Tides

There are many signs like this in dangerous spots - and they are quite straightforward. The voice of the father speaks and is, psychoanalytically, forbidding - inhibiting no less. It's all about awareness and not about the instinct. No spontaneity here where tides are concerned. Time and tide wait for no man. Because of the tides, the sea itself it transitory. Unlike the fresh waters of a lake, the sea changes its form and a failure to anticipate that change can cause harm. Uncertainty and doubt plague the minds of people who are like the millions of grains of sand that are washed by the incoming tide of the sea. Some things cannot be controlled. The legend of Canute (or more correctly Cnut) speaks of the fallibility of Kings - and consequently all of us. Unlike his portrayal in the legend he was no fool. In demonstrating to his courtiers that he could not command the waves, the drama was a set piece. When the tide washed over his feet he said "Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings, for there is none worthy of the name, but He whom heaven, earth, and sea obey by eternal laws." It would be foolish to think one could control the waves.