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Students in a long tail boat in Indonesia. Photo by Aaron Slosberg, Indonesia Semester.

The Ocean

As we move back into Sampela, our homestay village on the sea, I’m left thinking about the connection I feel to the ocean, and wanted to share this quote I recently read:

“Our life, it probably began inside of the ocean. About four thousand million years ago. And for almost all of that long time, all the living things were water things, living inside the sea. Then a few hundred million years ago, maybe a little more – just a little while, really, in the big history of the earth – the living things began to be living on the land as well. But in a way you can say that after leaving the sea, after all those millions of years of living inside of the sea, we took the ocean with us. When a woman makes a baby, she gives it water, inside her body, to grow in. That water inside her body is almost exactly the same as the water of the sea. It is salty, by just the same amount. She makes a little ocean, in her body. And not only this. Our blood and our sweat, they are both salty, almost exactly like the water from the sea is salty. We carry oceans inside of us. And we are crying the oceans, in our tears.”

– Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram