Monday, July 14, 2014
Friday and Saturday were the days for a “supermoon”, or the closest a full moon comes to the earth that year. So naturally we had our evening coffee on the boat this Saturday evening play some music and gaze at the horizon for the moon. Truthfully, it was spectacular but nothing you can capture with your measly cell phone camera with only has a digital zoom. But of course I forgot my hotshot camera.
There were others at the marina, drinking beer/water and enjoying in conversation. A few had ventured out to see it come up over the bay. Moreover, I heard (after the fact) that there was actually a moonlight (sail) race that night as well. Sailboat owners are an active bunch, and it is fun to be part of them.
I really think sailboat owners represent a fairly good cross section of the population. Yes, sailboats can be expensive; in particular new ones, but the members in our club range from conservative to liberal. They needle each other so now and then, but the one thing they have in common is their love for being on the water. Although, some of the guys openly admit that it is nice to be out of the house for a bit on the weekends to work on the boat. Another thing in common is the love of nature; sailing in a sewage lagoon is no fun, and most if not all are committed to keeping the Bay clean. This is very much like people from organizations like Ducks Unlimited. Yes they are all duck hunters, but without good wetlands there would not be any ducks, so they are a driving force in wetland protection.
I think this all comes to show that persons with great differences in conviction and belief can work together to further a good cause. While we live in a pluralistic society, it feels more and more like we live in a polarized society. I sense a loss of civility, compassion, and empathy, whether it is in international politics and strife, or our national politics. I find this very disturbing, and I’m not sure what I, as an individual, can do about it, except for trying to practice empathy myself and writing this blog.
Anyway, this is my rendition of a wonderful evening of watching the supermoon and thinking about things I see and learned this Sunday in the church I attend.