I’m starting to think whales are like God, and it would behoove us to think about this more often.
What? Whales are Like God?
I’ve seen a lot of whales this year, and each time I see one, I realize how much I can’t see. I’ve seen and photographed whale tails, whale blowholes, and even a whale fluke, and some fins. But the more whale parts I see, I more I realize whales are like God. Few people see an entire whale at once. We only see parts (and sometimes, we can’t even identify exactly which part we see).
Whales seldom levitate their entire bodies above water (I’ve seen it happen once, and it happened so quickly I didn’t get a photo). Most people know what whales look like through models and drawings, but they aren’t to size.
At one point, the world population of whales was in danger of extinction from over-hunting. We know more about whales than we did a hundred years ago and realize their importance. But most people don’t know whales pass on culture to their offspring and speak in different dialects.
We know so little, yet often claim to have ‘seen a whale.’
We can’t fit whales in a box (nor even a single camera frame). They don’t act the way we expect them to, and they’re bigger than we can imagine or see at once. They communicate in ways we don’t expect and have a sense of humor (coming up between a boat’s pontoons? That’s funny!).
We can look at all the photos, watch all the videos, and study all the models, but having our own whale encounters is the only way to really understand a bit of the strength and majesty of a whale.
And I would say the same about God. Whales are like God, and it matters because we need to have our own encounters with him and not depend on someone else’s version or vision.
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