Monday, November 7, 2011
"Human nature is internally inconsistent, that our continuities with, and our differences from, the earth's other animals are mysterious and profound; and in these continuities, and these differences, lie both a sense of strangeness on earth and the possible key to a way of feeling at home here."
~Dorothy Dinnerstein, from The Mermaid and the Minotaur.
As far back in time as we have records, mermaids have existed in human consciousness, in all parts of the world. Dorothy Dinnerstein observes that ancient civilizations shared common symbols of their emerging humanity as distinguished from the purely animal realm. One of these shared symbols is the mermaid / merman, a half fish, half human creature inhabiting both realms.
I was born of the ocean from which all animal life originated, and am a part of it still, while swimming and yearning for the shore on which the first humans walked in search of the horizon. As such, my very being lives most fully in the realm of human dreams, a reminder of my origins in the salty seas and my future in the stars.