Sunday, September 25, 2011
An ode to water
Thought I'd change things up a bit. Man does not live by politics, beavers and pussys alone you know.
What a miraculous thing water is. Two atoms of hydrogen and one oxygen make such an unusual and wonderful substance. Water is everywhere. Seventy percent of the earth's surface is covered with water. It's in the air, on the ground, under the ground and even we are 75% water. It makes plants grow, keeps our bodies hydrated and makes for sweeter social interactions. We wash ourselves with it cook with it and clean our houses and cars with it. We drink it, gargle with it and rid ourselves of human wastes with it. We pipe it, bottle it, pump it, freeze it, filter it, flavor it, ionize it, oxygenate it, and bag it. We swim in it, boat in it and explore it's depths. We boil it for cooking and add it to so many dishes then when the dishes are empty we clean them with a bit of soap and hot water. That would be water heated with electricity made from water. From coal fired to nuclear to hydro it's all made with water.
And when we've about poisoned ourselves it's water to the rescue. In the event of accidental ingestion administer several glasses of water and seek medical attention. And on a larger scale flush chemicals to the nearest storm drain.
But then again lowly water gets no respect. "What do you mean you'll just have a glass of water? What are you a cheap skate?" And that knocked over glass at the dinner table. "Hey it's only a little water it isn't going to hurt you".
Water can be destructive but it's not waters' fault. It's only doing what it's told. The wind blows there and water goes there. No evil god of Neptune controlling water.
We think nothing of dumping in the nearest body of water be it a river, lake or stream every manner of residential commercial or industrial waste. After all out of sight out of my mind anyway. But water is forgiving with no real soul going about its' natural process of evaporating condensing and cleaning itself. And water is indestructible. Split into its' component parts it will regroup and turn back into water. And not to forget that it can be a solid a liquid and a gas, one of the few substances on earth that can do that.
Good ole H2O can't leave home without it.