What would you expect today, here, at this blog? It’s blog action day this “October 15,” a moment of a few hours “that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action. This year’s topic is water.”
Jane Stranz posts today to say
I can just see how important it is for churches and Christians to be part of a global campaign for water justice. Water is life! And of course water is also used by Christians in baptism and footwashing as well as being a major biblical theme. But water is a deeply practical issue too, it’s not just about well-building and sanitation, it’s also about getting communities to act together to protect and restore their existing water supplies…. I’ll write another post later today about how each of us can try to act for more water justice, locally and globally.
James F. McGrath posts to link to similar themes (religious and social).
What would you expect from me today, here, at this blog? You get some of my favorite quotations on water and words, words and water:
Ἥφαιστον δ’ ἐκέλευσε περικλυτὸν ὅττι τάχιστα
γαῖαν ὕδει φύρειν, ἐν δ’ ἀνθρώπου θέμεν αὐδὴν
καὶ σθένος, ἀθανάτῃς δὲ εῇς εἰς ὦπα ἐΐσκειν
παρθενικῆς καλὸν εἶδος ἐπήρατον: αὐτὰρ Ἀθήνην…
–Hesiod, Work and Days (60-63)
Then he commanded Hephaistus the world-famed craftsman as soon as
Possible to mix water and earth, and infuse in it human
Speech, also strength, and to make it look like a goddess, and give it
Likewise a girl-like form that was pretty and lovesome. Athena…
–Daryl Hine translating
You’re the first person I haven’t had to tell that to. I mean, really, that’s what it is. You know, my book of poetry is called Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Diiie. And by that–the title–I mean: I believe we are still so innocent. The species is still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water. If I didn’t believe that, I wouldn’t get up in the morning.
–Maya Angelou (to interviewer Sheila Weller)
It is an awfully lonesome business, and, as you know, I never wanted you to go into it, but if you’re going to go into it at all, I want you to go into it knowing the sort of things that took me years to learn.
All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
–F. Scott Fitzgerald (to his daughter, Frances Scott “Scottie” Fitzgerald)