sperm_whale3“Does the Whale’s Magnitude Diminish?  Will He Perish?” (chapter 105 of MOBY DICK) – How marvelous that we find this question heading a chapter whose number is the same as the page number (page 105 of THE MESSAGE) on which we find Kiran’s utopian poem !!

Yes. I am reading MOBY DICK – again. This time on my Kindle as I am in Kyrgyzstan, far from my home library (in storage in Seattle). There I Have a beautifully printed and bound volume of MOBY DICK and a fine set of CDs for audio listening. And here I have a Russian translation, though my Russian proficiency is still very low. Over the years, I’ve viewed at least two fine Hollywood films of MOBY DICK. This great tale of THE WHITE WHALE is with only a very few books at the top of my list of personal favourites.

A sperm whale diving

In Kiran’s utopian vision “…great whales roam the seas.” Herman Melville says, at the end of Chapter 105: “We account the whale immortal in his species, however perishable in his individuality. He swam the seas before the continents broke water; he once swam over the site of the Tuilleries, and Windsor Castle, and the Kremlin. In Noah’s flood he despised Noah’s Ark; and if ever the world is to be again flooded…, then the eternal whale will still survive, and rearing upon the topmost quest of the equatorial flood, spout his frothed defiance to the skies.”

This will be true as long as we human beings determine that it will be so. The International Whaling Commission estimates that there are now 200,000 sperm whales in the seas.

The Commission now has 89 member states which include whaling, ex-whaling as well as non-whaling countries that have joined to help regulate the conservation of whales. The IWC continues to broaden its scope to deal with other human activities that harm the environment and endanger whales to ensure the conservation of the species that are closest to extinction. (International Whaling Commission website)

We know now that we have achieved both Melville’s statement and Kiran Verma’s. Surely we can AND WILL achieve every line of Kiran’s utopian vision. His online symposium is a means of realizing his vision. Please join the dialogue. Click on Comments to add your thoughts.

I will occasionally submit a post dealing with one line of Kiran’s great vision. If I am counting correctly, and if I make such a post once a month, I will cover all of the specific points In ALWAYS by the end of 2015. The full realization of this vision will, of course, take many more years.


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  1. Lindsay Hall

    In my opinion, humans are a pernicious species and the planet would be better off without us. On the other hand, I am not volunteering to leave. Besides, if the human species disappeared, some other species would evolve to the level of intelligence and ability to mess it all up again. So we might as well stick around and figure out not only how to stop fouling our own nest but how to achieve an ideal Earth.

    Like the one in Kiran’s vision. Like the one in his poem, “Always.” (See elsewhere on this website.)

    So this Symposium is a good place to start. I notice that leaving your email address is NOT required if you want to comment but still a good idea if you want to hear more from WarrenHall Crain and read more in Kiran’s Symposium. I plan to tune in and join the effort toward a better world.

  2. WarrenHall Crain

    Thanks, Lindsay. I’m glad you think this Symposium is a good place to start. Thanks for participating!

  3. Dick G

    Hi, Warren.

    Got the novella and finished same. Interesting. Almost parabolic. I am aware of your spiritual/religious shift, but wonder whether the point of this work isn’t similar to the same point being made by (and almost immediately distorted) Jesus and perhaps others (“kingdom of God”). I know better than most what a tough sell that Jesus is to contemporary Christian communities. Social service is highly prized among them. But fundamental social change is a tough stretch.

    Question: who is Kiran Verma? I obviously missed something somewhere 🙂

    In re the whale post:
    Our granddaughter’s college degree (of a week ago) is in Anthropology/Environmentalism. As I understand it, her thesis was on the differences between the environmental knowledge of indigenous peoples compared and contrasted to that of environmental scientists and argues that more weight should be given to the former in making decisions about species protection policy etc.

    Of course, that involved a knowledge of Amerindian peoples. She traveled to The Macah Reservation far out at the northwest corner of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State and worked in the Cultural Center/Museum there in order to get some face-to-face experience. The Macah are a sea-going tribe that have engaged in whaling for centuries. You may be familiar with them from your Washington days.

    They voluntarily suspended whaling (though not bound to) during the early years of the whaling ban. Once the whale stocks returned to sustainable levels, they wanted to begin the practice again but were stopped by federal action.

    The question: who best knows how to make these decisions? The web of life and politics is quite complex.

    Dick G.

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