Water as a Symbol of Life

Betsky employs a rich, descriptive voice when chronicling her encounters with different art throughout Amsterdam. Her comparison to body parts particularly caught my eye, it was an unusual and unique way of comparison. This use of language prompted me to envision the water networks she described in a very uniform manner, and consider their deeper historical importance and implications on society. “I live in the watery aorta, but that artery is also out of sight.” While Betsky observes the systems of drainage that have made her location safe for human occupancy for the last centuries, I couldn’t help compare the unparalleled significance and symbol of water in Egypt. As I look out to the picturesque sea, the serenity of the smoothly textured surface of the crystal blue water and light, folding tide enchant me. But it is not only the beauty of the Red Sea that is of central importance, it is the symbolic meaning which goes far beyond aesthetic beauty. Water itself is a symbol of life and growth throughout centuries in Egypt. In Ancient Egypt, many battles occurred over the ownership and use of wells. Water facilitated civilizations, and nourished growing communities. Water was often the difference between life and death. Though the Nile is and has historically been the backbone of agriculture and drinking water for Egyptians, the symbol of water is central to my surroundings.  I reflect on the connection of water to the natural and spiritual world as I gaze at the horizon.  Observing the sea with this in mind is both deeply emotional and symbolic. 

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