Claim Your Inner Dolphin
Lighten Up, Ideologues. Be sociable and chatty, vigilant and playful.
Be a good parent. Don't be afraid of sex and pleasure.
Claim your inner dolphin.
see also Turtles and Whales by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
And all this happens in the sea, in the salt
where God is also love, but without words:
and Aphrodite is the wife of whales
most happy, happy she!
and Venus among the fishes skips and is a she-dolphin
she is the gay, delighted porpoise sporting with love and the sea
she is the female tunny-fish, round and happy among the males
and dense with happy blood, dark rainbow bliss in the sea.
-- Whales Weep Not, David Herbert Lawrence
"The bridge is made of the stories that the old paradigm can’t hear, the lives that it doesn’t count, the imagined future it can’t encompass." (Arlene Goldbard)
Fat Soul (process) philosophers believe that the whole universe is alive with stories. In A Whole Universe of Stories Patricia Adams Farmer explains what this means.
Many of these stories belong to human beings and we celebrate them. Our need is to be respectful of each and every person's story, as best we can. But the vast majority of stories on our planet belong to other creatures: vertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, insects, etc. They don't tell their stories in language we understand; their lives are their stories. All living beings, not humans alone, have the Buddha Nature.
It would be arrogant to think that, when it comes to learning how to live, we would rely only on guidance from fellow humans. Yes, the prophets and sages offer us much: the Buddha, Mahavira, Moses, Muhammad, and Jesus. And so do our mothers, grandmothers, and sisters. All can be channels of grace.
But as we seek guidance from the Grace we can rightly learn other animals, too. At least this is what open and relational theologians believe. They -- we -- believe that our awareness of God’s lures can be evoked by the ways and presence of other animals, no less than from the revelations of sages and mentors. In an age overrun by ethnic hatreds and political animosities, we do well to take a break from the rancor and claim our inner dolphins.
All quotes below are from BBC Radio 4's Patrick Aryee, who travelled to West Wales to get in touch with bottle-nosed dolphins.
Sad Song about Dolphins
Happy Song about Dolphins