“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.