Earth, air, water………..and the greatest of these is water. In my mind, water out scores air because it mixes with so many other essential molecules to produce new products/elements, hence I consider it the greatest element for life. Our primitive cell division took place in a sack of watery fluid even before we could breathe, while our mother gathered food filled with watery juices from planet earth. So water is key. Science likewise, tells us 55 % of our blood is water while 70 % of our planet is covered with water.
In 1993 the United Nations General Assembly officially de3signated March 22nd as World Water Day. So how might we creatively celebrate this day? As an example, last year the Windsor Jewish Community Centre put on a Gala Art Show which featured Handle’s Water Music played by the local symphony, while contemporary dancers in the HMN Dance Company gave a breathtaking performance which was followed by an art exhibit on the theme of water. For me it was a beautiful visceral experience which now more than ever, has deepened my appreciation for water.
Even when it creates chaos, heavy rains and flooding, I sense the anger of water acting out because of the pollution we as inhabitants have created on our planet. Balance in our relationship has been violated and it is ours to restore.
Pat St Louis csj