The Significance of Mermaids


In running through an edit the other day for a magazine feature, I happened to stumble upon a file titled “Lost Mermaid” In it were some large scan images of Hannah Fraser performing as a mermaid which I had shot in the Maldives quite some time ago.

The scans had apparently been put in a  back file and forgotten. When I had run across them eventually, I had finished my post production work, sent them out into the netherworld of global editorial submission, and once again sort of forgotten them.

Flicking through thousands of images deftly , when I opened that Lost Mermaid folder I simply stopped in my tracks and went “Wow”.

 Come Hither
Come Hither

On the face of it, a pretty girl putting on a mermaid suit and floating around in the Laccadive Sea (Far side of the world, mid ocean) could be construed as a silly thing to deem of any real value or significance.

Eco Concerto
Eco Concerto

But the reality is that in process, this artist inspires each of us to don our own suit of many colors and step out into the void. The world needs that from us, especially right now as it groans under the weight of vast change and challenge.

Here is a good example, sent along by Eric Skaar. A beautiful mind.

Here is another, sent along by Dr Ed Brenegar. A TedX talk by the wonderful CEO of Random Kid,  sixteen year old Talia Leman.

Earlier this week, I got to sit in an hours long conversation with my friend George Orbelian, who among many things heads up the San Francisco Global Trade Council and Project Kaisei. As sunshine magnified by a big bay window, warmed away the chill of a wintery afternoon in Ocean Beach SF, I listened intently as we examined a number of quite vast issues, ones that would appear to be out of reach for any “normal” person in our culture.

After we had looked at “the Japan Problem” and George had presented some rather intriguing information about the Nuclear Plants and Tsunami damage and I had thrown my POV’s worth of data on the pile, George looked at me and quite earnestly said something that hit me with more force than any bitch slap ever could: “What are we going to do?”

And I thought about the mermaid.  There are always solutions, but often they come via something that is so lateral, “the powers that be”, due to the way socio- political organizations function, would never consider that maybe the answer was in the examination of a different process and a shift in Philosophy.

Japan changes everything. In this dire time, is presented a remarkable opportunity to change our world for the better and establish something very remarkably sustainable: clean energy, more secure nuclear power generating stations and the creation of a waste recycling system utilizing fuel with a fraction of the safety issues of Uranium and Plutonium. Ever hear about Thorium?

Here is a very simplified view of the potential of Thorium as an energy source in the generation process.

But as my friends in Japan have already pointed out, you cannot build nuclear bombs if your plants run on Thorium. Ever think about what that means strategically? To have all your fissionable material breeders spread all over the countryside generating electricity as well as material to build bombs?

So as my time with George came to an end we looked at the hard line items in Japan and our World, which due to some Geologically time based activity, is likely going to see more incidences like the quake off of Japan that killed so many.  It also created the scenario for catastrophic failure that will in all likelihood cause the reactors to need to become entombed like Chernobyl, thereby causing a loss of the land, adjacent ocean, and vast environmental  resources and health.

As I watched the video of the Tsunami coming ashore and the roiling black waters that I knew contained bodies being crushed by the weight of water and debris, I thought laterally. You could limit some of this further by  a number of actions. But the greater damage and threat to life, that of environmental nuclear disaster, energy dependence and the war expense that implies, that catastrophic flood, can be prevented entirely.

 A Far Shore
A Far Shore

You just need to understand the significance of mermaids.


11 Responses to The Significance of Mermaids

  1. I hope someone with compassion is looking out for that Jacob t kid:

    …He could soon be helping out the university, too. “We have told him that after this semester . . . enough of the book work. You are here to do some science,” Ross, who’s committed to helping Jacob find some grant funding, said.

    “If we can get all of those creative juices in a certain direction, we might be able to see some really amazing stuff down the road.”

    • Right on Steph. There is that aspect of being a child that is critical to the welfare of the young man and possibly the future of Science as well. You being such an accomplished artist knows full well the value of play. I think Einstein was pretty on top of that ball. But the logistics of this all happening at such a tender age are sort of staggering.

  2. I know it sounds redundant on my part by now, but…

    David Pu’u for President in 2012.

    Obama has proven to be quite a letdown for many, and the other candidates that have emerged recently seem comical at best.

    Then I saw some news today about the way the corporate tax structure forces most Fortune 500 companies’ “headquarters” away from the US, even though most of their profits are here, and keeps them from contributing to the development of the country in which they’re actually doing most of their business.

    Where is the clear thinking in our country’s leadership?

    Someone please point it out because despite being fairly a-political I’ve not seen ANY clear thinking in government for most of my adult life.

    Pu’u 2012

    • Ah thanks again for the read Steve.

      You point out a sad fact regarding the downside of our adversarial system.

      It is a diatribe against a Govt that has become so repressive in the application of punitive taxation and regulation to acquire further unwarranted-earned income that business is forced to build a hedge against the very country it operates within.

      You can see what is coming. Makes PR look more lovely with each passing season.

      Aloha from our beleaguered West Coast my friend. Thank you.

  3. Things are even sadder here in PR, David.

    And I’m pretty sure I’m on my way out of here.

    There’s no future here for me, sadly, and it’s time to cut my losses and start anew somewhere else.

    Mahaludos, sensei.

    • The flux is pretty devastating to small business. REALLY sorry to read this. Your views of paradise are unparralleled.

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