What Colour is the Ocean?

by The Writer

“Strong intention in a noisy mind is useless; it’s akin to throwing a big rock into a turbulent ocean. There is no perceptible effect.”–Deepak Chopra

A simple questions doesn’t always receive a simple answer. Many people willingly accept a concise answer and go about their day. That’s fine. Sometimes there isn’t reason to care. Sometimes there isn’t time to know the entire explanation. Sometimes there isn’t any room for ambiguity.  The answer, the story, and the truth must be clear, concise and unchanging because that’s what’s expected. Yet, the fact remains it isn’t. Regrettably,  this fact makes most people uncomfortable. Without clear concise truths about the world we inhabit, ambiguity could mean the unknown, and the unknown is a scary place to be.

As children, most of us can recall times of great wonder and imagination.  Building sand castles on the beach, constructing forts with sheets and furniture, or playing out dramas with dolls, teddy bears, action figures or lego.  As we become adults, however, we give up that imagination in favour of the so-called rules and codes of responsibility (because we’re told me must put away ‘childish’ things).  Our brains, being a muscle, atrophy and lost the capacity to expand, adapt, transform and evolve: Adults marvel and study how a child grows and develops–but ironically ‘successful’ development is evolving into an adult world of repetition, boredom, and stagnation. Without imagination we settle for predictability at the cost of dulling the human experience because its safer, dependable, and more reliable according to Deepak Chopra.

For those struggling with an answer about the ocean:  The blue hue of water is an intrinsic property caused by selective absorption and scattering of white light. Impurities dissolved or suspended in water may give water different coloured appearances. Some may not care about the explanation, and some will accept the aforementioned wikipedia definition.  However, those who can accept and feel comfortable in the ambiguous truth will have a better time swimming in it.