What do Mermaids Love?

Mermaids

love

the ocean

they love

warmth

and harmony

Mermaids

create beauty

and thrive

in an environment

that is healthy

and natural

Mermaids

live

as imperfect beings

evolving

towards

a future directed

idealised

form

Mermaids

are going to be

the incarnation

of their future directed

impressions of perfection

As such

Mermaids

only exist in the future

in an ocean

to which they are perfectly attuned

However

the present

humans ancestors

are living today

on

an evolutionary trajectory

towards

Mermaid

Humans

are

not yet

ideally

adapted

to a marine existence

they know

it will take thought

imagination

perseverance and mutual trust

to evolve into the being

they want to be

Mermaids

love the vision

of their future directed self

and

understand

that the journey

is as much fun

as the destination

Mermaid Recipe

Mermaids

do not  just exist

they have history

However

their history

is in the future

Mermaids

are special creatures

that

require special attention

and

respect

A lot of

time

&

energy

&

effort is

needed for a Mermaid

to exist

within this physical domain

a region

in space and time

for which she is not

designed

As such

the practical mermaid

taking on the advice of a kind

Pirate

accepts

the need to conform her body

to the external constraints imposed

by her physical environment

and

eagerly searches for

sagacious solutions

to enable

her primate body

to be transformed

&

metamorphosed

thorough the magic

of

synergistic technologies

into a

virtual fish

Beneath

the facade

the

layer of glitz and bling

that mesmerizes

the unsuspecting eye

lives

the flesh

of her mammalian self

Her life

started in water

birthed into air

and through metamorphosis

re-enters the marine environment

this time

through the synergistic

technological accessories

which enable her to live

in harmony with her

natural environment

her watery cocoon

her mother ocean

The humans of the present

can only glimpse

imperfectly

a mermaid

For she is a future directed creature

an organism

involved in concerted technological evolution

a process driven at present

through

the imagination

and the playfulness

 of the mammalian brain

But the mermaid of the future

as it approaches the time critical period

may be driven

with increasing rapidity

to evolve

accelerated due to external forces

outside of her present ken

but though she may be blind of this impending need

just being on the path

the path towards the incarnation of a mermaid existence

may put her in good stead

to undergo a successful transformation

into the desired

future directed corporeal realization

of many

a pirates

nocturnal fantasies

whilst

scanning the waves for hidden dangers

A recipe

is a special magic

that due to it’s commonality

we

no longer recognize as such

In the same way as a mobile phone

to a Neanderthal

would be

magic indeed

So what is a

Mermaid Recipe?

If you are a mermaid

ever hopeful

then bear with me as I transgress

for in transgression

I may

peel a scale from your mind

so that you may see clearer

the destiny

that could befall you

if you so choose

try to blank your mind

and imagine yourself to be an common egg

But that is impossible!

I hear you say

how can I imagine myself to be an egg?

You are correct

you are not

nor could not

be an egg

but humour me for a second

and imagine

your future

if you were a yolky chicken egg

still sitting beneath a mother hen

if you stand outside

away

and look at the egg you inhabit

sort of outside the egg

and see yourself nestled under your mother hen

that is how I want you to view yourself

for this present discourse on

mermaids recipes.

How so!

I hear you bark

this is ludicrous!

I am not an egg

I am a child

and I want to be a mermaid

how can this

in any way

help me to be a mermaid

Firstly

a mermaid

needs a lot of imagination

a lot of will power

 a lot of patience

and a lot of determination

So now that you are a little settled.

See your self nestled as an egg

beneath our mother hen

Now

I want you to stand back a little further back

outside the hen house

I want you to see a small clutch of little chicks

pecking at the seeds in the yard

contentedly following

the mother hen around the yard

look back into the hen house

see your self under mother hen

Now visualize  yourself hatching

from that egg in a few days

see the life path

from you in the egg

 to you  scratching around in the yard

eating the seeds

it is a very easy

thing to imagine

yet

the process

is extremely complicated

the machinery of transformation

which is a this moment

transforming you as an embryo

in the egg into the chick

scratching for seeds in the yard

is to complex

for anyone

or any institution on earth to fathom

this process

called life

is the most incredible

process

known in the universe

Now while observing the chick in the yard

i want you to pull back away from the chick

and the hen-house

so that they are both in the picture

I now want you to draw a line in your mind

from the embryo in the egg

to the chick in the yard

call that path 1

now if you raise your vision up a bit

you will see a farmhouse in the distance

while keeping the egg and the chick in the foreground in your mind

i want you to look

beyond the egg and the chick

can you imagine a window in the farmhouse?

and can you imagine the farmers wife walking  past the window?

if you can

you have a great imagination

and that is very important

if you want to be a mermaid

because

it will take a lot of imagination

and a lot of co-operation

to become a real mermaid

Now

I want you to slowly

zoom in on the window

I want you to see the farmer  wife

she is busy in the kitchen

she has a book open

she

is flicking through the pages

she rests the book up on a stand

and she reaches into the fridge for a pint of milk

she puts it on the counter

now she grabs a bag of flour and some scales

and then a pot of sugar

ohh !

 now she is grabbing some eggs

quickly I want you to pull back

to behind the chicken house

I want you to now mentally connect the chicken egg

that is you beneath the hen

to the egg that the farmer’s wife

has in her hand

call this path 2

Now zoom back into the kitchen

what is the farmers wife doing?

She is measuring out the milk

she is weighing the flour

and spooning the sugar into a bowl

there you are

you are in her hand

she has cracked your shell

you are now being plopped into a bowl

and mixed with the flour, milk and sugar

you are now not an egg at all

you are a mixture

it is hard to determine what was yourself

in all of that mixture

you are now part of a whole

something that is bigger then what you were previously

this mixture is now being poured into a tin baking pan

and placed into an oven heated to 120 degrees F

Now

this thing that you are part of is being transformed

into something

which is quite unlike

anything you were before

you are now part of something

which is rapidly metamorphosing into something

completely different

a completely new thing

with properties

so unlike the original mixture

it is nearly unidentifiable

it is like magic

you are transformed

metamorphosed

into

a cake

pull back

to outside the hen house

see your first path

and your second path

try not to be judgmental

try  not to choose a path

just observe

both pathways involved a process

the first path

was the natural pathway

the way that nature intended

an egg

changing through time into a chick

an utterly remarkable transformation

from a yellow yolk and egg white

into a living , breathing scratching chick

the second path

the egg was cracked open

mixed with other items

until it would be imposible to reconstitute it back to it’s original form

then it was transformed with heat

into a structure

which was completely different from each of the original ingredients

this was a process of transformation

and metamorphosis as well

but this time

it was a directed transformation

it was directed by the farmers wife

it was a concerted transformation

in that she knew that in her mind she wanted to bake a cake

she collected the ingredients for the cake

she then mixed them to get everything exactly  in the right ratio

then she appplied exactly the right heat

for the exactly right amount of time

and the result was a perfect cake

The farmer’s wife

took

the raw ingredient

an egg

mixed it with other raw ingredients

and using a recipe

transformed it

into something

it could never have been on it’s own

So in summary

you as a little egg

under the hen

actually have no idea of your future

it is directed by forces outside your control

but

two possible scenarios

for your future path

could be path 1

where you hatch as a healthy little chick

or path 2 where you

are used in a recipe

to undergo a transformation into a cake

Of course

there are litterally thousands of alternative pathways including

scrambled eggs

boiled egg

dropped on ground

eaten by a snake

ect.

However

i just wanted to create in your mind a visual image

of the concept of different life paths

and

how a recipe can transform something form  one thing into an other

But what has this got to do with mermaids?

Read on!

The mindset of a future directed mermaid.

A mermaid

you cannot become a mermaid

they do not exist

they cannot exist

they are mythical creatures

And on and on it goes

no one understands

my desire to be

what they say

I cannot be

Can’t they see

that beneath the thin

veneer

of reality

in which they exist

there are

other realities

quite different from our own

where mermaids can and do exist

I am not meaning

I want to be a mermaid today

or even tomorrow

but in the future

I want to transport myself

from this city bound existence

to

an idyllic existence

by the sea

where I can live in harmony

with the marine environment

I know mermaids

do not exist

I know they are biologically

impossible

but that is not what I want to be anyway

I want to live for the dream

be the dream

exist in an other way

closer to nature

part of nature

in tune with nature

in tune with my inner being

I want to explore

my inner soul

the driving force

of my reality

I want to be

like a mermaid

in harmony with my external environment

and

internally content.

I know mermaids are not biologically possible

they could not exist

as such in the real world of Darwinian evolution

due to biological constraints

which everyone is always

more then eager to point out!

But

I want to be a !mermaid

a techno-mermaid

so to speak

a 21st century

manifestation

of what is possible

when

modern technological innovations

are directed in a concerted way

towards

living in the marine environment

I do not want to be half fish/ half girl

I want to be

me

but living a marine existence

in harmony with other life forms

working towards supporting the planet

not destroying it

I do not want to be living in a city

part of the global problem

I want to be living closer to nature

in the ocean

and part of the

global solution

I want to be a mermaid!

Mermaids are mythical creatures

dreamed up

from the ocean depths

by lonely sailors

in the bleakest of weather

on the deck

of sailing ships

However

they sing an enchanting song

of love

and warmth

of harmony

 and

hope

in moments of utter despair

Though

in the past

mermaids have been mythical creatures

existing in the minds of lonely sailors

As such

they have been

and always will be

only able to exist

in the imagination

as they

are

unfit to inhabit

the corporeal world

being half girl

and half fish

However

if you have dreams

of a mermaidy existance

fear not

for you exist in a realm of possibilities

which has never existed before in time and space

you exist at the nexus

of biology and technology

You inhabit

a world

of unimaginable potentialities

a time in which

the evolution of our species is no longer

tied

to the ponderous

blind

and undirected

march of biological evolution

You

Yes You

exist in a new reality

where  a concerted technological evolution

is able to drive

your desire

to live underwater

into an achievable goal

Like most

worthwhile goals

the transformation into a !mermaid

will take time

and effort

but like most great adventures

in life

the journey

is as exciting

as the

destination

I want to be a mermaid!

I want to be a !mermaid

a synthesis of me

with technology

I

want to

explore

the possibilities

that exist

for me

within the marine

environment

I know it is a long swim

from where I am

to where

I want to be;

but

I will embark on this journey

with the knowledge

that as I swim

I will

overcome

all of the obstacles that others

see before me.

I know that I am not a fish

nor

will ever be a classical mermaid

but that is not my ambition

my desire is to be a

!mermaid

a synergy of me

and technology

a

21st century reinterpretation

of

the classical mermaid

I know that

there exists

within the arc of possibilities

the potential

to create

 through concerted technological evolution

of accessories

not yet envisioned

that will enable me

to transform

into

my vision of myself in the future.

I want to transform

away from being a terrestrial animal

I do not want to be

constrained by my biological morphology

to a dry existence

living

in a world

in which I am forced

through natural physical forces

to

constantly fight gravity

to stay erect

and walk upon

the surface of the earth

Sometime in the near future

I choose

to explore

what is possible

what I can do

on a personal level

to transform into a marine animal

no longer

confined to the surface

of the ocean for oxygen and warmth

I look forward

to the journey

the adventure

of exploring the unknown

of living a life

outside of the conventional

suburban existence

of trying to discover a way

that I can

live an aquatic existence

in harmony

with the marine inhabitants

I want to learn

how to

create a lifestyle

that is sustainable into the future

that works

in harmony with other lifeforms

and creates a synergy

between

the biological

and the technological

between

plants and animals

I want to learn how to harness

the

forces of nature

to work within their constraints

yet

find innovative solutions

which enable me

to

transform myself

and the environment

in which I exist

into the best

of the possible realities

I can

create.

Parents of a Pirate

Pirates are often misjudged in our society.

They were often not the cut-throat villains they are commonly portrayed to be in most literature. However, they were young men who were put in the way of danger, often by governments, and found successful strategies for survival.

Most traditional pirates were the victim of international conflicts, primarily between the UK and France, fought out to sea. They were often the sons of farmers who were press ganged onto a war ship, and through circumstances beyond their control, ended up on ships that engaged in plundering other ships.

However, it is the more noble aspects of being a pirate that I would like to focus on in this blog.

I want to pay particular attention to how uneducated farm boys, who had never even seen the ocean, in a few short years, were able to adapt themselves to become formidable seamen.

I would like to explore some of the hardships they had to endure, and how they developed strategies for survival in an otherwise inhospitable environment. I would like to help the students understand how they adapted themselves best to :

  • work as a member of a team,
  • to harness the energy of the wind and waves to cross enormous distances
  • use the power of mathematics to navigate across the vast featureless oceans

I am a qualified sea captain. I have sailed yachts for thousands of miles and spent months at sea. I would like to bring to life some of the practical everyday tips that pirates would have used in their daily life. In particular:

  • how to tie useful knots
  •  how to navigate a ship
  • nautical terminology
  • How sails work
  • How to drop an anchor.

Furthermore, I am a qualified marine biologist and a teacher. I would like to over time help the student realize that pirates were a product of their times. However, now there is a whole new dimension that is opening up to future pirates. A future where pirates no longer have to barely survive in an otherwise inhospitable environment. A future where pirates can utilize modern technology and scientific concepts to explore and enjoy the  marine frontier.

I would like to compare and contrast them with our concept of a mermaid, a mythical creature who is half fish/ half woman that it perfectly adapted to a marine existence. As such, the mermaid / pirate contrast can be used across a number of learning platforms.

As a parent of a younger child, you will no doubt appreciate the value of kids parties themed as pirates and mermaids. But are you aware of the potential for your older children  to turn their knowledge and appreciation of pirates and mermaids as a tool to earn themselves extra money as babysitters?  Furthermore, an older high school modern day pirate can be taught how to harness their latent practical skills to construct small aquaponic farms. These ‘farms’ can be as low tech as a fishbowl with cress growing on top, to a fully fledged automated system that can effectively feed an entire family with fish and vegetables.

 

 

Mermaids: A guide for teachers

Are you a teacher?

Are your students all talking about mermaids?

Are you looking for interesting mermaid orientated themes to capture their attention and stimulate them to learn maths and science, and express their love of mermaids in the written word.

Perhaps I can help you

I am a teacher.

I have a 5 year old daughter who is a wanna be mermaid.

I also have a 22 year old son, who I have guided through a lot of practical in water skill and is now living the nearest approximation of a merman. He is sailing yachts for a living on the Great Barrier Reef and is snorkeling in mermaid paradise daily.

There are a lot of science and maths based activities that you can do within a school environment to stimulate the imagination of aspiring mermaids.

Perhaps you need advice on mermaid based questions, like could mermaids actually exist.

This blog is designed to help answer some of your questions, construct an interesting learning program and keep you at the forefront of everything mermaid.

Please feel free to ask questions and join in the Mermaid community.