Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Water is the source of all life.

Give me water or give me death, for without water there can be no life. Water is the source of all life on this planet. I was born in Morocco a  Maghreb nation located in North Africa, I learned the extreme importance of water from an early age, as it is not abundant there. Luckily for Moroccans the late King Hassan was very wise to adopt what is known in morocco as the " National Policy of Dams". He insured that his people would never go hungry nor thirsty. He was ridiculed by his socialist enemies by not following the path of National Socialist Arab states like Algeria and Libya in industrialization, his reply was: "you cant drink oil nor make a steak from carbohydrates." I spent my week-ends with my dad in our farm, he raised me in a traditional Bedouin way, upholding love of water, plants, and the land in divine status. I know of families that travel miles and miles to get drinking water, they don't wake up and go to the installed Poland Spring water tanks in our homes, they don't have the luxury nor the money to buy Evian or Perrier, in fact they only eat meat twice a month. I value clean water because, I have seen the desert, I have talked to a broken, weeping farmer and  a Bedouin whose own cattle's and sheep's died because of no rain and water. For these animals are so loved to him ... his household can go hungry and the livestock can not. I have seen the economic, emotional tragedies brought about by drought.
Traditional street water vendor in Marrakesh

I know that water is the thin difference between life and death. I value clean water for the above reasons but also for its beauty, the serene clean oceans, clean beaches, rivers, stream and lakes, there can be no farming or fishing without clean water. It gives pearls of the glorious ecstatic beauty of nature.

Civilization itself was born in Iraq around the Tigris and the Euphrates, Pharonic Egypt is the gift of the Nile and water in the future will determine the questions of peace and war in many regions of the world including the Holy Land.
Arab and Israeli at a water spring

Today was indeed a great day at Castle Island, we strolled together alongside the beach, there was some fauna and flora ( periwinkles, mussles, crabs, seaweed) particularly around the rocky areas. Professor Berman informed us about the history of the public beach in America at the turn of the 19th century. The Castle Island reservation was built for the enjoyment of the people during that same time, but it was not until recently that it was rebuilt, redesigned, cleaned as part pf the Harbor cleanup of Boston. I am a happy guy and love to see people happy. Today it was a pleasure to see lot of young children playing, swimming, learning the value of clean water and its economic, ecological and ascetic importance.

see you all tomorrow,

Amine Mohamed.

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