Oceans Eternal Memory

Throughout the history of this little blue planet we humans now inhabit, life has thrived. All be it in fits and starts with the occasional sprinkling of a mass extinction or two, (Well 5 that we know of to date!), allowing nature, the great designer to return to the drawing board to start all over again. During these turbulent cycles though there has been one true constant, unaffected, sat watching as these rebirths took place.

Even though it blankets just about four fifth’s, (That’s 70% in English money.), of this amazing rock that orbits our warming Sun, it almost goes unnoticed

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The Always Present Ocean

or more taken for granted and that is the great ocean that has long since watched the changing shape of the lands as they have moved like a cosmic sloth around the curves of the planet. As we have already alluded to though, it alone has paid witness to all the designs of life that nature has worked to create over the millennia. It has seen them rise, fall, then finally to disappear for ever. Each in their brief turn making room for that which inevitably follows.

This got us to thinking that if there is an unseen true worldly wisdom then it is maybe hidden within those great depths of this almost eternal watery presences memory.

Often does Lamo sit upon the shore looking out at this great guru that he has long held somehow has the answers to all those questions that will collect within our tiny human minds? Nothing more than a raindrop to the vast knowledge held in this tidal mind that has constantly ebbed and flowed keeping a continual watch upon this world.

Life itself was born from its very bosom, it is the parental source from which all life was originally cast. It has nurtured the living children that have roamed both the vast warmth of its belly to those that left to build their home upon the ever changing land. Lest us not forget that even today, as we humans have the arrogance to believe we are the dominant species this planet has to offer, an incredible 94% of all life lives protected within the ocean itself! (Lets just say that again 94% of all life lives in the ocean!).

Remember to that as you take those breaths of oxygen reading this thought of ours, that same Ocean provides 70% of our planets precious Oxygen that is also needed to sustain life. Without it we humans would not even exist. (That is a point we should all take time to remember!)

Back to the reason behind our post though. The film, “The Shawshank Redemption“, quotes the famous movie line;

They Say The Pacific Has No Memory”

Here at Harlam we do not harbour this thought to carry merit for one second, we put forward this question to you. Do not the oceans hold all those memories within the infinite capacity of its timeless mind? We think the line would be better written as, “The Pacific Ocean does not judge the actions of a life that is but a single ebb to its timeless existence.”, for is not this much more an accurate view?

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Unlimited Knowledge

Has it not during it’s time read the entire library written by all life that has penned a chapter upon the Earth?

Bear in mind the harsh truth that with the almost infinite memory capacity this wonderous watcher has, we are but a few cups of space. It will see us as nothing more than a short chapter in the cycle of life extinctions it has already been witness to. There will be no tears shed as we likely become number six in this continual re-design of natures drawing board. It will continue to watch, adding more notes to it’s library of knowledge long after we have become a couple of small volumes on a shelf of history.

People take this vast knowledge holder for granted, here we think those that choose to believe can hear it speaking through the gentle words of its waves upon those shores of uncertainty that we sit with our unanswered questions.

There is a word that describes people like us which is, Thalassophile, (What a great word this is.), which refers to a person who loves the seas and the oceans. Here at Harlam we are definitely guilty as charged to being defined by this word.

We both conceive that the oceans hold all the answers for those willing to take the time to understand, to respect, more importantly to stop to listen this mighty parent that can also be our best friend. In essence as our title says the ocean does have an eternal memory.

(c) Harlin & Lamo The Lion 2019

Bubble Wrap, the Story Of Life!

We all love this stuff that keeps the contents of our parcels safe from harm. There is a therapeutic sense of relief that is bigger than the excitement of what ever it was that it once wrapped. We almost discard that just so we can get that unrivaled stress relief  of slowly, methodically popping each of those little bubbles, pop, pop, ooh pop until we reach that sad point where there are only a couple left, then two then there is just the last one.

What amazing stuff this is, Bubble wrap hand_holding_a_bubble_wrap_roll was invented in 1957 by engineers Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes in Hawthorne, New Jersey. Believe it or not it started life as two shower curtains, (No we kid you not!), creating a smattering of air bubbles, which they originally tried to sell as wallpaper. (No seriously we are not making this up!). When the product turned out to be unsuccessful as wallpaper, the team marketed it as greenhouse insulation, (Well you would wouldn’t you?). It was not until 1960 that it was first used as protective wrapping by none other than IBM to wrap is then 1401 computer. All this is covered in greater depth on Wikipedia, on this link, The Bubble Wrap Story.

However Harlin, was explaining that she had been having one of her regular subconscious conversations, (Yes with herself!), about a thought around this plastic wonder of air bubbles. She came up with this beautifully profound yet simple thought in this real conversation we were having;

Each and every moment is like “Air trapped in a bubble of a giant bubble wrap. Once you pop it (as in live in the moment) life is never the same.

When thinking about this it was a great metaphor about life, which drove us to pen this little piece for our Blog site and share with you.

Life is often, rightly to, looked as a long series of individual single moments, that once they have passed, we cannot get back. Also we think of the Universe as this huge curved sheet full of space and time, so why can we not apply this same principal to life? Now we have a comparison of all our individual moments in life as these little, fragile air bubbles on this huge but not infinite sheet of life. As we travel through our lives we are slowly bursting each of these precious moments, releasing the precious air it contains that then disappear for ever more.

But much more than this we have altered the state of that whole sheet, life into a new shape that will never ever be the same again, as Harlin so eloquently describes in such a beautifully simple thought. Every time a single little moment of our life is burst, that underlying layer has been fundamentally changed by the tiniest of actions on our part, changing the whole shape of our life.

The second thought on this is when we have a big roll of Bubble Wrap we have no idea how many of those little individual moments it may contain for us to have the satisfaction of popping throughout life. It must be remembered that it is not an unlimited sheet that rolls on forever with an infinite set of them, so it is important that as we slowly burst these moments.

We must take time to appreciate how precious each and every one is before  they fade out of existence, to savour the subtle difference there is in every pop of that air being released because if we truly listen each of those moments has its own truly individual sound.

 

(C) Harlin & Lamo The Lion 2018

Dinosaurs Trump Humans

Its a very curious thing about the human race as it supposedly progresses towards the future. We sit here bragging about how we are so much smarter than the other sentient beings that share this planet with us.

We pat ourselves on the back as we have come up with all these human concepts, such as money, power, religion and fast pacing like a cheetah across the plains of Africa, in this current century, technology.

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Better Than Humanity?

All these things which are supposed to show how we are a higher species that are creative, ingenious and many other clever descriptive words that we again have developed in what we think is a brilliant communication method. (Of course this one is else we would not be able to write this post!)

Yet all these human achievements seem to be aiming our species in the direction of self annihilation after just a mere 200,000 years of being around if we are not careful. Not forgetting that we will take the other life on this planet with us if we do!

But here is the thought we had, the Dinosaurs, (Bless them), never developed any of these concepts, yet these incredible beings were around for 165 Million years which is a daunting time span of existence.

Well that is until space threw a bloody big rock at them of course.

Harlin & Lamo The Lion 2017