COVER ART: What a powerful image of dynamic relationships the ocean expresses. At the macro level, the ocean represents the unseen paradigm in which all ocean life exists. The currents and the ocean’s relationship with the elements above and below it affect the animals and plant life of the sea without their even knowing that it is present. The ocean itself is in relationship with the planet and the other elements of our world—the wind, the sun, and the land. When the earth quakes in the depths of the ocean, the sea responds and a swell that gathers the force of a powerful tidal wave devastates the land and all that inhabit it, in turn impacting the human condition and inspiring our capacity for compassion and courage. When the full moon rises, the tide responds. At the micro level, when the winds blow hard and the sun shines hot, the ocean transforms itself, one drop of water at a time to fill the air with vapor, which becomes clouds, then rain, where drops of water once again become part of their whole.
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