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Daemon
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Why did the old Persians hold the sea holy? Why did the Greeks give it a separate deity ... ? Surely all this is not without meaning ... But that same image, we ourselves see in all rivers and oceans. It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.

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Moby Dick
Chapter one
Loomings

"...Why upon your first voyage as a passenger, did you yourself feel such a mystical vibration, when first told that you and your ship were now out of sight of land? Why did the old Persians hold the sea holy? Why did the Greeks give it a separate deity, and own brother of Jove? Surely all this is not without meaning. And still deeper the meaning of that story of Narcissus, who because he could not grasp the tormenting, mild image he saw in the fountain, plunged into it and was drowned. But that same image, we ourselves see in all rivers and oceans. It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all."
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I would not say Melville did hold the sea holy, but rather I would say it was something beyond all praise and worship. His relationship with the sea was much deeper and meaningful than of man and god. It was beyond all praise and worship, beyond heaven and hell.

I´d listen to this in my ship at sea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0bDmCevArc
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Why "phantom of life" is often more attractive than life itself? Perhaps, ungraspable is simply outweigh graspable by sheer force.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 4:20:58 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Why did the old Persians hold the sea holy? Why did the Greeks give it a separate deity ... ? Surely all this is not without meaning ... But that same image, we ourselves see in all rivers and oceans. It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)


We are not holding much of anything as holy, not the oceans and our rivers in particular. We stopped gazing into them for fear of what we might see of our tarnished image.
It is the image of the reality of waste, very easy to grasp, upon which we are not willing to cast an eye or reflect.
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