We Are Unique


Bedside Reading 2

We are unique
from “This Will Make You Smarter” edited by John Brockman




Marcelo Gleiser Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College


Gleiser’s response to the Edge question of 2011 ‘ What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?”

“This concept must affect the way we perceive who we are and why we are here. It should redefine the way we live our lives and plan for our collective future. This concept must make clear that we matter”

“…. the notion that we humans on a rare planet are unique and uniquely important.”

“I will argue that modern science, traditionally considered guilty of reducing our existence to a pointless accident in an indifferent universe, is actually saying the opposite. Whereas it does say we are an accident in an indifferent universe, it also says that we are a rare accident and thus not pointless.”

A counter view is that we are finding more and more exoplanets, and the laws of physics and chemistry are the same across the universe so there are many possibilities for life to be common. But this does not presume intelligent life.

“… the existence of single-celled organisms doesn’t necessarily lead to that of multicellular ones much less than to that of intelligent multicellular ones.”

“As we look at planet earth and the factors that enable us to be here, we quickly realise that our planet is special. Here’s a short list

  • the long-term existence of a protective and oxygen-rich atmosphere
  • the ozone layer
  • the magnetic field protecting from lethal cosmic radiation
  • Earth’s axial tilt stabilized by a single large moon
  • plate tectonics which regulates the levels of carbon dioxide and keeps the global temperature stable
  • Our sun as a smallish fairly stable star.

consequently its rather naive to expect life – at the complexity level that exists here – to be ubiquitous across the universe.”

Nothing to disagree with here. Despite our insignificance on the cosmic scale it is not hubris to consider ourselves unique within our own back-yard as intelligent life and more so whilst we wait confirmation [if any is possible] about our own solar system and stellar neighbourhood. So whilst accepting a Copernican viewpoint on all matters regarding space, as a life form, we should have an attitude towards our continued existence and evolution that whilst not teleological should act as if it is a precious but random gift.

This essay goes hand in hand with the earlier one by  Martin Rees.

Deep Time and the Far Future


Deep Time and the Far Future

Dr Martin Rees President Emeritus, The Royal Society; Professor of cosmology & astrophysics; master Trinity College, University of Cambridge and author

Essay From “This will make you smarter” edited John Brockman

Rees’ response to the Edge question of 2011 ‘ What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?”

Starts with the following proposition and related facts before making some speculations about our future.

  • “We need to extend our time horizons. Especially, we need deeper and wider awareness that far more time lies ahead than has elapsed up to now.
  • “Our present biosphere is the outcome of about 4 billion years of evolution, and we can trace cosmic history right back to a Big Bang that happened about 13.7 billion years ago.
  • “.. the immense time horizons that stretch ahead – though familiar to every astronomer – haven’t permeated our culture to the same extent.
    “our sun is less than half way through its life. It formed 4.5 billion years ago, but it’s got 6 billion more years before the fuel runs out.
  • …”most people – and not only those for those whose views are enshrined in religious beliefs – envisage humans as in some sense the culmination of evolution”
  • There is abundant time for post human evolution, here on earth, or far beyond, organic or inorganic, to give rise to far more diversity and even greater qualitative changes than those that have lead from single celled organisms to humans.”
  • Future evolution will see the millennia slow rate of Darwinian selection overtaken by an accelerated rate of genetic modification and rise of machine intelligence…   “and forced by the drastic environmental pressures that would confront any humans who were to construct habitats beyond the Earth.”
  • “Humans surely are not the terminal branch of an evolutionary tree but a species that emerged early in cosmic history, with special promise for diverse evolution.
    “We humans are entitled to feel uniquely important, as the the first known species with the power to mould its evolutionary legacy.”


I find nothing to criticise. His main point about Time is true and we have a very small perspective on time. We plan and act within our individual life spans although the consequences of our acts span generations. Perhaps most our personal concerns stretch towards is the life of our grand children. From a collective societal or cultural perspective even that view I suggest gets diluted.
Maybe in our past, we had a tribal affiliation that went beyond or was more extensive than pure blood line. Maybe we were better at acting in the now in a way that we considered would be better for our tribes future. Individual over the collective. Whatever, it’s something we struggle with. Consider current dilemma over Global Warming. We don’t seem to be hard wired to think rationally, dispassionately and globally.
Can we learn to? Can we develop morals, values, and ethos that takes into account both humanity and its environment?
I think it is necessary for our survival that we do. I fear we don’t have many generations left to us. In terms of Rees’ Deep Time and the Future survival is a constant achievement. Perhaps we could stagnate and survive. Keep the Earths population to say 2 or 3 billion people at most and ration our resources to eke them out over a longer time span.
Could be idyllic, happy if we changed some parts of our nature. But would not likely stretch far into the time frame Rees presents to us.
Of course, such a future would mean we survive one of natures bottle- necks such as devastating global warming. As I’ve suggested above I don’t see any of us volunteering to get off our small little raft to save those who remain.
We could seize control from Nature of our own selection. Would we, do we have the maturity, the moral values, and ethos that would allow us and guide us to do so beneficially for ourselves and our environment. Our control of the Nuclear Gene is temperamental and fragile and does not bode well so far for the challenge genetic manipulation and the next probable great advance of artificial/machine intelligence must present. I say must because I don’t think we can or should hold back crossing these thresholds. They are emerging powers that could affect our survival for good or ill not because of any inherent quality in and of themselves but by the way we choose to interact with and use them.

For myself, I think we need to use our new tools/knowledge to expand our domain off the planet. We could have [eventually] a 2 billion Earth with an ecology we husband to enhance diversity and sustainability. The rest of world. Yes we would have to re design ourselves and the environments we live in and it would take time but as Rees points out we do have that.

Does need the vision desire and a global unity to carry it off. Can’t see a single nation or a group like the Pilgrims achieving it but applaud Elon Musk’s pursuit of the vision with Space X and colonisation of Mars, as the vision and the technology needed must be kept alive to at least give future generations the option.




The following in its original form can be found here.  All I have done below is to add comment regarding how the list relates to me.

25 Best Habits to Have in Life
If you are committed to happiness and success, work these into your daily routine.


We are creatures of habit. Everything we think, say and do is a result of deep-seated habits etched into our minds through years and years of repetitious behavior. Those very same habits either help to propel us forward or to hinder our progress in life. In fact, the state and quality of our lives right now is a direct reflection of our daily habits.

Habits are an undeniably powerful part of life. They’re an integral part of the underlying behavioral psychology that shapes the direction of our lives. They’re so integral that a study determined that approximately 45 percent of everything we do on a daily basis is driven by our habits.

Parting ways with our bad habits and replacing them with good habits is by no means a simple task. It takes commitment, willpower and an unwavering desire to overcome our seemingly natural tendencies to think, feel, speak and act in a certain way.

Agree in the main. Commitment and willpower are super strengths I would love to have. Unwavering desire to overcome natural tendencies. Hmmmm would not put it that way. More a desire to control, chose or direct how I think feel speak and act in specific circumstances. Unwavering waivers I am afraid with a whatever tide is dominant.

Clearly, for those absolutely committed to things like happiness and success, habits offer the pathway to enrichment in life. They’re also the tools we use to help automate our progress towards one end or another, assisting us with the achievement of our goals and the fulfillment of our dreams.

Still, for the most part, we’re often left in the dark. We’re unsure of ourselves or where to start on the road to developing good habits. What are the best habits to have in your life when you want to succeed or be happy? Are there some that usurp others, providing some secret magical recipe for achieving life’s loftiest goals?

What are the best habits to have in life?

While any list of habits concocted might seem subjective, there are, in fact, 25 particular habits that will not only help you to succeed, financially speaking, but will also keep you healthy, happy and fulfilled in life. Focus on these 25 habits, consistently making efforts to instill them into your daily routine, and in time, your progress and momentum towards your goals will skyrocket.

1. Wake up early.
The early morning hours are a time for peaceful reflection and ample productivity, where the world is still and asleep, allowing you to focus wholeheartedly on your long-term goals. Anyone who is serious about success in any measure knows that it’s important to wake up early.

Even if you’re not a morning person, use incremental changes in your daily routine to start waking up earlier and earlier. Begin by setting your alarm clock back by 15 minutes the first week, 15 minutes the next week and so on. Do this until you can wake up at least two hours earlier than you’re waking up now.


Sounds nice. Sleep is also important in fact vital. Not a habit I wish to foster. Studies also show different personalities function better at different times. I am more an owl than a cockerel.

2. Gratitude.

We spend a great deal of time immersed in our problems. But problems are also a sign of life. The only time we’ll lack problems is when we’re six feet under. And if you want to shift your focus away from your problems, you have to be grateful for what you have. Yes, even for your problems.

Gratitude is the surest pathway to health, happiness, and success. It shifts our attention towards what we have rather than what we don’t have. It’s the natural abundance of simple pleasures and opportunities that we’ve been afforded with and blessed with that we often take for granted.


Restated as “count your blessings” Nice homily. Implies gratitude towards something gratitude to because of gratitude for. I prefer just a habit of reminding oneself to be positive. no need for higher power

3. Smile.

Studies have confirmed that people who smile a genuine smile (also referred to as a Duchenne smile) are happier in life. This is one of the best habits for allowing you to find emotional, mental and spiritual peace-of-mind over time — simply by placing a smile on your face.

The physiology of our bodies dictates the psychology of our minds. When we frown or slouch or do any number of other things that convey a sense of depression and unhappiness, our mind takes those cues and runs with them. However, once we shift our outward appearance by consciously adjusting ourselves, our inward feelings follow.


Agree However contradictory here with Duchenne smile. A genuine smile comes from a genuine overflow of happiness which is often spontaneous. But smiling when one is not feeling one’s best does slowly start to lifts one’s spirits and may evoke genuine happiness in oneself. Point is it’s consciously forced in the first instance and that’s ok. Another important point not acknowledged is that it positively influences those around you, consciously and subconsciously.
Many moons ago I was in Fiji for a month. Returning to NZ I became aware of people staring at me in the street. I realized I was smiling and nodding acknowledgment to them as I passed. A habit I had unconsciously picked up in Fiji.

4. Eat a healthy breakfast.

Breakfast is an important part of life. Yet, 31 million Americans skip breakfast every single day. And that saying you’ve heard your entire life about breakfast being the most important meal of the day? It’s 100 percent true. If you’re serious about success, eat a healthy breakfast every single morning.

This single habit doesn’t take much effort. Some planning is certainly required, and if you’re rushing out the door every morning with barely any time to spare, you might want to consider waking up earlier to ensure that you wield this habit in your own life.


Agree. But where do they get these stats from 31 million really? And 100% true isn’t something true or not, it’s an absolute value. Still. That was me in my youth in my senility I try for a bowl of porridge.

5. Exercise.

One of the absolute best habits to have in life is to exercise every single day without fail. This isn’t about heavy weight lifting or running a marathon. This is about doing lightly strenuous activity to oxygenate your blood and boost the endorphins in your body.

Not only will you feel physically better when you start this habit, but you’ll also feel more motivated, have more mental clarity and be more emotionally sound. Exercise releases dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin into the system, giving an almost euphoric effect without the usage of any drugs whatsoever.


Agree. I struggle with this. No to be fair, I consider, agree and go off to find something else, swearing I will attend to this later. Deeper than lazy it’s more like an aversion. Its the habit I probably most need to adopt.

6. Drink water with lemon.

One habit that has monumental health benefits is to drink a large glass of water with lemon every single day. Lemons are a natural source of Vitamin C, but also possess other health benefits — such as helping with your digestion, boosting your immune system, along with cleansing and re-hydrating your body.

The water itself is also an important way to flush any toxins from your system early on in the morning when you first arise. Ultimately, over time, this will also aid with things like weight loss, a reduction in any inflammations and an overall boost in energy.


Can’t say it achieved a status of habit but I do work at this one minus the lemon. Like the idea of lemon. I buy now and then and find few uses for throwing out half my purchase later on. This would reduce the waste.

7. Walk 10,000 steps.

Most people have heard about the benefits of walking at least 10,000 steps in a day. Yet, as a society, we tend to fall far short of that goal. One study, which provided shocking results of just how many steps we do take, compared that number to countries from around the world by studying participants from the U.S., Switzerland, Australia, and Japan.

Americans, on average, take 5,117 steps a day. Compared to Australians, who take 9,695 steps per day, and residents of Switzerland, who take 9,650 steps per day, and those of Japan, who take 7,168 steps per day — we fall way short.  Still, this single habit is a great way to resolve our sedentary ways. Park farther from the office or take the stairs when you can to help boost your daily steps.


Again what’s with the stats? Still point made. Another should but don’t probably the form of exercise I could adopt easily and really have very few excuses for avoiding other than weather. A priority if I admit.


8. Vitamins and minerals.

As a culture, we lack the necessary vitamins and minerals through our food intake. Processed and refined sugars, carbohydrates and other foods that are a staple of the American diet help to exacerbate this problem. We simply don’t get the proper nutrients our bodies need on a daily basis.

Find a good set of vitamins and minerals that you can take every day. It’s easy to ignore this healthy habit, but the feeling after weeks and months of doing this on a regular basis is tremendous. That impact can help us to improve other areas of our lives by providing mental, emotional and physical clarity.


Don’t agree. The issue is diet. Scientific proof that mineral and vitamin intake better through what we eat. But there are circumstances and some evidence that additional supplements could have benefit. Needs research


9. Effective time management.

An essential habit for succeeding at anything in life is effective time management. How well you manage the precious little time you have says a lot about what you can achieve. And considering that we all have the same amount of time in this world, how you leverage this resource will dictate your potential for success.

Find a good system for managing your time and implement it. This isn’t complex to do, but does require conscious and consistent effort. However, once this habit has been solidified into your daily routine, virtually anything is possible, and no goal will be too big to attain.


Agree. First though is making value judgments and prioritizing and then allocating time. For me, I am incorrigibly distractible. I am a bee or a butterfly flitting from one source of pollen to another. So this process including time management is a necessity and a habit I need to acquire.


10. Daily goal setting.

Most people have goals. Whether it’s something to achieve in business or in life, we’re all moving in one intended direction or another. However, while long-term goals do give us direction, it’s the daily goals that we set that allow us to create short-term milestones that are integral to our success.

Long-term goals can seem overwhelming even in the best of times. But by implementing a daily goal-setting strategy, you can overcome some of the enormity associated with achieving big things in life by focusing on the one-day-at-time, short-term scenarios.


See above comment. Agree. A habit I need to acquire.


11. Inspire yourself.

It’s often difficult to stay motivated for any considerable amount of time. We get discouraged and dissuaded from our goals when things arise in life that sends us on a tangent and veers us off track. But one of the absolute best ways you can stay motivated in life is to inspire yourself on a daily basis.

Read, watch inspirational videos and get inspired by stories of others who have achieved their dreams. Anthony Robbins calls this your “hour of power,” but you can spend as much or as little time on this as you need. Inspiration is the pathway to achievement because what the mind can conceive, it can achieve.


Agree but who’s got time to watch others doing it. What’s better, watching others have sex or doing it yourself.


12. Save and invest.

No good habit list is complete without one that calls for saving and investing. We often overlook the necessity to save for the future because we’re so busy living in the present moment. The truth is that most Americans have less than $1,000 saved up at any given moment.

But it’s not just about saving. You have to invest the money that you save and do so wisely. The more attention you pay to this now, the more your life will be replete with financial success in the future. You should also be sure to have at least six months worth of savings in your account to stave off any potential financial calamity in the future.



Makes sense were one able to afford this habit.


13. Budget and track expenses.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Beware of little expenses, a small leak will sink a great ship.” It’s easy to lose sight of little expenses, but they add up, especially when we fail to budget. Be sure to manage all of your expenses, and sweat the small stuff, so to speak.

When it comes to sound financial habits, this is an important one to have, and one that will lend itself to your future financial success. The money saved on frivolous or extraneous expenses can be saved and invested for your future. Don’t ignore the future for sake of reveling in the present moment.



Probably good sense just not me.


14. Learn something new.

Educate yourself, and learn something new every single day. Commit to learning and improving your life, whether it’s by acquiring new skills or enhancing the existing skills you already have. From foreign languages to software programs and apps, you should carve out a small amount of time every single day to dedicate to this habit.

Whether you decide to learn something new through an online course, an audio book, a blog post, a video tutorial on YouTube, or even through TED Talks or other means, the importance of implementing this habit is paramount. Find something that’s worthwhile learning and do just a little bit of it every single day.


This one possibly borderlines on being a habit. Certainly feel it’s important to me.


15. Organize.

Physical clutter results in a loss of focus. When our lives are disorganized and in a state of disarray, it’s hard to stay focused on our goals. Take the time to organize your home and office, and do just a little each day to enforce this habit. Take a single drawer and organize it, or organize a solitary corner of your home or even a cabinet in your office.

The importance of this habit is highlighted by a study in the Journal of Neuroscience titled, “Interactions of top-down and bottom-up mechanisms in human visual cortex,” which says “Multiple stimuli present in the visual field at the same time compete for neural representation by mutually suppressing their evoked activity throughout visual cortex.” In plain English — clutter lends itself to a major loss of focus.


Yes well. I try but what about the Second Law of Thermodynamics!. Love that second paragraph. I have an answer. Created a drawer labeled “Focus” now despite whatever happens I know where my focus is.


16. Contribute to others.

In our quest to achieve and succeed, we often forget about others. We fail to contribute something of value to our fellow man, woman or child. This isn’t about donating money; this is about contributing your time, which is far more valuable than money. It also helps to shift your focus from a state of lack to a state of abundance.

We tend to spend too much of our time steeped in worry and anxiety. But, when you enlist the habit of contributing to others, you can easily alleviate your personal concerns, and even your problems, by realizing the necessity of helping others. In fact, it’s the people in this world that contribute the most value to others that end up achieving the greatest success.


Agree in principle. Being honest how many of this list can one adopt. A question of time etc but I think where and when the opportunity arises.


17. Network.

Clearly, it’s not just about what you know in this world. In order to succeed, we need to reach out to others — who you know is extremely important. But networking isn’t just about dropping names; it’s about finding ways that you can help and add value to the lives of others.

The best networkers in the world are also some of the most successful individuals. But they didn’t focus entirely on themselves at the outset. They always looked for ways that they could help others without thinking about receiving something in return. That’s how the world’s best networkers are born.


Not high on my list Reminds me of my youth and the Round Table being seen to network and do good deeds but underlying was the benefit for business


18. Break through fears.

We spend a lot of time immersed in fear. Those doomsday what-if scenarios play out in our minds throughout the course of any given day. We’re so worried and nervous about the future that we forget to enjoy the present moment. It’s so ingrained in our minds to fear things that it stifles our progress.

Breaking through your fears is quite possibly one of the most important habits that you could develop. Get used to doing one thing that makes you feel uncomfortable each and every single day. Talk to a stranger, give someone a compliment, or tell someone the truth about something that makes you feel uncomfortable.



“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
― Frank Herbert, Dune


19. Take action.

Take action. It’s a cliche that we’ve all heard repeatedly, yet it’s something that many of us fail to do. In fact, we do just the opposite — we procrastinate. We fail to take action for whatever number of reasons, hindering our progress and ability to achieve any of the monumental goals we set for ourselves.

The best way to overcome procrastination is to use the 15-minute rule. Take whatever it is that you’ve been putting off for the longest, set a timer on your phone for 15 minutes, and only commit to doing it for that long. Why only 15 minutes? First, it breaks the cycle of inaction. Second, after 15 minutes, you’ve built some momentum, so you might just keep on going.


Big one. Procrastination!!!!!. Looks like a plan.


20. Follow a plan.

Having a plan is integral to every successful entrepreneur — and person — throughout history. Whatever it is that you want out of life, not only do you need long-term goals and daily goals to help conceive, but you need to follow an intricate and detailed plan that you create along the way.

Without a plan, we often fail to realize our goals. Without understanding how we’ll get from point A to point B, it’s hard to see the cliched forest through the trees. But when you stick to a plan and track your progress, making changes along the way, you can eventually reach your goals as long as you don’t give up.


Important but not to fall into the trap of planning for planning to plan; result in no doing!


21. Enjoy “me” time.

One of the habits that most of us fail to implement in our lives is to enjoy some down time — or “me” time. Do one small thing that you love doing every single day. It’s not always about achievement and success. By doing one small thing that you love, you’re actually instilling peace of mind and re-focusing your center.

Whether you listen to your favorite music pumping through headphones, take a walk through the park, go for a drive along your favorite road, watch a movie, or anything else for that matter, be sure that you always carve out some time for yourself in the day.


Seems to me if can make this one of the more rewarding tasks activities from this list then on to a winner. Whatever it’s important.



22. Implement positive thinking.

Like attracts like. When we think negatively, harboring negative thoughts, we attract negative things into our lives. When we think positive, we attract positive things. It’s hard to stay positive all the time, and it’s often our natural tendency to think negatively about things.

However, positive thinking is one of the surest pathways to the achievement of your goals. Ignore the naysayers and the people who doubt your abilities, and pursue the things that you love, staying positive all the while. It’s purely a matter of momentum. Think positively for long enough, and good things begin happening.


Important. Really needs a habit of mindfulness being aware letting go of the negative


23. Read.

Whether you read the newspaper, financial news, a novel, a non-fiction book, or anything else, find time to read something. Reading is an important habit to develop in life, and you shouldn’t rely on audiobooks or movies all the time. Good old-fashioned reading, the traditional non-screen way, does the trick.

Reading can help you uncover new worlds, ideas or ways of doing things that you might not have known about before. It’s also a great way to educate yourself or entertain yourself at any given moment.


This one I ace!!!!!!


24. Get ample rest.

Although it’s important to wake up early every day, it’s also imperative to get ample rest. Finding that delicate balance might be difficult, especially if you have kids, two jobs and other obligations. However, if you care enough about your physical well-being, along with your future success, you’ll focus on a minimum of six to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.

If you have trouble falling asleep, be wary not to drink coffee or alcohol too close to your bedtime. Also, if you smoke, eat too much sugar, or ingest any other type of toxins throughout the day, you’ll find it difficult getting to bed at a decent hour. Cut those out of your routine so you can get some ample rest at night.


Makes Sense


25. Journal your thoughts.

Journaling your thoughts is a great way to reflect on who you are and what you’ve been doing in life. Time can go by so quickly that we often forget the details of what we did even a few short months ago. Those details are often novel to recall as it adds clarity and purpose to our lives, reminding us of life’s lessons and joys.

Get in the habit of writing out your thoughts and journaling your experiences on a daily basis. Intertwine it with your goals, hopes, and dreams for the future, writing out what you envision your life will look like down the road, then come back to read it, later on, to get a window into your mind at any point in your life. This is a powerful method for self-reflection, and also a great way to motivate and inspire yourself going forward into the future.


Definitely, something I want to become habitual. Important way of examining what habits have become fixed need work. Not all are important all the time and perhaps need prioritizing differently at different times.


Getting started.

How many of the habits above have you already worked into your life? Are there bad habits that seem to continue holding you back from achieving any semblance of success and happiness? Bad habits can get in the way of our progress and quitting them is not easy by any means. However, it’s all a matter of momentum. It all boils down to small incremental steps that you can take day in and day out to help you build up the right repertoire of habits to help you achieve whatever your heart desires. The habits above are some of the best habits to have in life. How many of them will you agree and commit to taking on today?



Bedside Habit



Just posted a reference to Habits.  One of which is to read more. I think  I have this one well established though I hassle myself about reading more,  I have a gluttonous approach to books. But a habit I could develop, which I don’t currently practice, would be to read before I fall asleep.  Once my body stretches onto the mattress and my head sinks into the pillow I have little difficulty in slipping into sleep. Reading may require more of my conscious attention than I am able to give it.

Nevertheless, I can identify small but complete readings, essays, poetry, short stories, which I predict I can fit in. The first book of essays I have picked for this habit-forming is “This will make you smarter” edited by John Brockman, a collection of essays on responses to the question “What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?”.  [A very close second was “Arguably” by Christopher Hitchens which I may go on to if I am successful.]

The structure leads nicely to a sort of meditation on the world which, I think, will stimulate me into responding.




The Corker of Ocean Bottles

59369.adapt.590.1 Imagine swimming in an ocean. Hardly a wave. Flat. Horizon to horizon just grey-blue sea. Grey sky above. Night and day. No stars. Some nights brighter maybe an unseen moon others just dark. No wind. Ocean sometimes seems warmer sometimes colder. Sometimes swim, but no sense of being able to swim anywhere, nothing to gauge any progress by. Lack of progress and purpose. Only change is internal. Thoughts, emotions, consciousness. Time so much time to think.
And so it was for a time.
Till a raft appeared stocked with bottles, corks, paper and ink. Now a small purpose. Bottled messages. Once overboard progress can be gauged in the drift away from them.
Still the ocean. Grey blue. Blanket of cloud. Horizon to Horizon

Queen Elizabeth I created an official position of  “Uncorker of Ocean Bottles”, and thinking some bottles might contain secrets from British spies or fleets—decreed that anyone else opening the bottles could face the death penalty.