Swimming with Sharks  

JDLA2 62M
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7/12/2005 6:46 pm

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Swimming with Sharks


Recently I had to opportunity to dive with some very large sharks in the South Pacific. The encounter was unexpected but that is the nature of diving into another world where man is not master. I was with two other divers, together we kept our cool and enjoyed the spectacle of being surrounded by these amazing predators. There were 10 or 12 of them. Some over 9 feet. Surprizingly I found that I was not afraid, just hypnotized by their graceful and majestic movements. It was not the first time I had encountered sharks but previously I had only seen one or two as they passed by. These sharks were curious and took their time sizing us up. To them we must have seemed very alien, clumsy and noisy. In the end we had to begin making our way back to our world, leaving them to theirs. No harm was done to either side. Unlike humans they harbor no dark desires, no malice, only the instinct of self preservation. If they bite it is not personal only business. They do not share our desire to dominate the environment. We humans are a strange bunch. We cannot tolerate anything in our environment that we have not specifically approved of. I often reflect on the irony of gardeners who carefully select what will or not be allowed to grow in their area. I wonder what is the difference between one plant and another. Why is one plant called a weed and stamped out while another is imported, valued and nurtured? If such a weed were ever found growing on Mars it would receive great attention and if it could be raised here it would likely be purchased at great expense and planted by gardeners all over. In the end it has nothing to do with the plants themselves it is all about our control. Unlike the sharks, for us its all personal. I hope that they will always have a place in our garden.

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