Friday, January 18, 2008

Water & Life

It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. ~W. Edwards Deming

Roughly 75% of the earth’s surface is made of water, but only 1% of the water is usable to humans. The main source of our survival, water allows us to gather and grow food, create sources of energy, and regulate our ecosystems. Water also makes up 55% to 60% of our bodies and allows us to survive by keeping us hydrated as well as controlling our body temperature.

Not all water, however, is beneficial to humanity because water also kills. A major incubator for disease, bacteria and parasites, water also carries and hosts malaria and dengue, as well as the mosquitoes that pass them on to us humans. While bacteria, parasites, and diseases are living, their existence crates death to those who cannot host them.

The separation from vibrant life forming water and lethal life ending water is directly related to its movement. Rivers, oceans, lakes, and streams all have some type of continual flow of water to them, meaning that they are always in constant motion and change. They do this so that the life that is dependant on them can continue to thrive and allow for survival.

When water becomes stagnant, it gets infected with disease, and creates pathogens that pass disease on to its surrounding ecosystem. Essentially when the water dies, it creates the probability for more death.

If we can relate this to our own environments, then we can easily see that if we fail to continually evolve, we are failing to enhance our environment and the environments we are surrounded by. Our inability to change when change is necessary not only kills us, but kills those around us through our influence.

Work, family, and social environments will eventually face adversity and we are left with a choice; continue to follow the status quo and wait for normalcy to return, or make the changes necessary for our survival and reestablish what normalcy actually is.

When a moving body of water faces an obstacle it finds a way to work through the obstacle so that it, and everything dependant on it, can continue to live. If this body of water chooses to stop when confronted by the obstacle, it will eventually evaporate, stand still and create ways kill those who come in contact with it.

The human species is no different than its most dependant resource. If you are stagnant, then choose to live and make changes, otherwise you are destined to become a host for negativity and destruction.

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