Thinking Water

February 9, 2010 at 10:32 am 10 comments

It was one of those lazy mornings that i decided to take a shower. As the warm water started to relax me, I came to realize how wonderful water is. It was cleansing me. It was soothing me. It was making me feel good as it adapted to every contour of my naked body.

Even without my glasses on, I could see clearly that throughout history, water has been beneficial to humankind except during the time of Noah and the big flood. It has been an essential component to our existence. In fact, the human race would be extinct without it as nobody in his or her right mind would follow the biblical edict to “be fruitful and multiply.” Imagine having sex with somebody who hasn’t taken a bath in years. no amount of perfumery from Paris can entice you to take the plunge. It’s like trying to relieve yourself in the airplane lavatory at the end of those long trips when the previous occupant has run out of water to flush the toilet. It’s simply not possible.

We’re so fortunate that there’s plenty of water on earth. Three-fourths of its surface is covered with water. That’s more than enough to freshen ourselves up and make the act of procreation more of a pleasure than an obligation. Under this context, feeling the urge and leaving the matter into our (left or right) hand can be regarded as anti-social and a sin worthy of the confessional.

Even though water is considered second only to oxygen in importance to our survival, it’s easy to take it for granted. As we’ve learned in grade school, water doesn’t only make us enticing to the opposite sex because of its cleansing properties, but it also serves other functions in the maintenance of our bodies. It helps in the absorption of food, in the distribution of nutrients and oxygen to the cells, in the disposal of internal toxins and wastes, and in the regulation of body temperature. In addition, we’ll starve to death without water as the existence of plants and animals that we eat depends on it, too.

As I got out of the shower and started to get dressed, it suddenly dawned on me that water has been good to us and what have we done in return? We’ve forced it to bend to our will by building hydropower plants and dams to obstruct and control its natural flow.

We’ve polluted the earth’s water supply with tons of garbage, contaminants, pharmaceuticals, and other stuff that can’t be mentioned in polite society. We’ve used water as a tool of torture to exact confession from political prisoners. It’s true that water has the capacity to purge itself of our transgressions, but for how long can it renew itself and withstand the abuse? An old song comes to mind. It says the answer is blowing in the wind. Has it really come to that point that the answer is blowing in the wind?

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. AC  |  February 9, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    nice post. 🙂

    it’s pretty ironic that despite being surrounded by bodies of water, the philippines still suffer from drought, lack of water to drink, etc etc.

    • 2. plaridel  |  February 10, 2010 at 10:09 am


      perhaps the current president and future prime minister should encourage the people to drink wine instead. after all, rumour has it that she’s addicted to cognac. 🙂

  • 3. J.Kulisap  |  February 11, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Kamusta pare?

    Hapi Balentayms ha?

    medyo abala lamang.

    Pag merong libreng oras. Will read your posts. Ang dami na.

    Maghahabol ako nito.


    • 4. plaridel  |  February 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm


      i’m fine, pare. just getting ready for the long weekend. monday is presidents day, a holiday here..

  • 5. candice salazar  |  February 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    thanks for the comments on my poem. i visit your blog whenever i have the time.

    • 6. plaridel  |  February 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm


      hey, thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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