“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” ― Albert Einstein
Maritime cultures share similar virtues as Modern Technological cultures: Namely problem solving, objective-reasoning and egalitarianism and adaptability. Indeed some historians have argued that Modern democracy emerged in the 1700’s and comes from the sea.
Scholars have been previously blind to the underlying Maritime nature of European Culture, and have wrongfully explained the dramatic expansion of the West after Columbus’s 1492 in technological terms. No amount of technological advancement propelled a civilization to sea. In fact, quite the opposite happens, when technologies and manufacturing improve, societies become more inward looking and land based. China Japan and Germany are more typical examples of how technologies make civilization land orientated.
Life of a Sailor: the history of who we are
We are emigrants and having the mind of sailors, we want to connect. We are discovering and unifying all parts of our psyche, and are having genuine dialogs and real meetings. In the past we were forced to become part of a collective, where the ideologists were acting as crooked preachers to lure the naïve. The ideologists were enlisting us to live a life of monks. In return they were promising happiness
and a heaven on earth. Opposite to radical collective, instead of creating the rigid structure of compliance and ignoring our subconscious feelings, sailors decided to enjoy flexible interactions between all parts of the psyche. To be happy we are altering connections between our fragments. The plasticity of self is a big advantage. It is including the cooperation of consciousness and subconsciousness. We do not suppress our thoughts and feelings and are treating them with respect. We are not rejecting any subconscious messages however unlike they are. Only when our fragments are respecting each other does the genuine dialog exist, and our identity is solid and does not fall apart under the stress. Life of the Sailor examines the psyche of the collective and asks the question, how do we remain true to ourselves
“It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble. An animal perfectly in harmony with its environment is a perfect mechanism. Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change. Only those animals partake of intelligence that have a huge variety of needs and dangers.” ― H.G. Wells, The Time Machine