As I was reading the other day, I came across an excerpt from a book entitled “The Man Nobody Knows” by Bruce Barton. A brief and subtle look-up of it on the internet and I learnt that it is a Christian- oriented book published in 1925. Whilst I have no intention of delving into its details, or its contents, I would, however, like to quote the passage I came across.
What really intrigued me, and made me ponder was how this man took something as awe-inspiring, and as miraculous as the two seas of Palestine that do not mix as per Allah’s command, and gave it personalities, and likened them to people. The message he delivers here in this piece truly made me want to aspire to be a better human being, and doesn’t really need any more of a commentary; it does indeed speak for itself:
There are two seas in Palestine. One is fresh, and fish are in it. Splashes of green adorn it’s banks. Trees spread their branches over it and stretch out their thirsty roots to sip of its healing waters.
…The River Jordan makes this sea with sparkling water from the hills. So it laughs in the sunshine. And men build their houses near to it, and birds their nests; and every kind of life is happier because it is there.
The River Jordan flows on south into another sea.
Here is no splash of fish, no fluttering leaf, no song of birds, no children’s laughter. Travellers choose another route, unless on urgent business. The air hangs heavy above its water, and neither man nor beast nor fowl will drink.
What makes this mighty difference in these neighbor seas? Not the River Jordan. It empties the same good water into both. Not the soil in which they lie; nor the country round about.
This is the difference. The Sea of Galilee receives but does not keep the Jordan. For every drop that flows into it, another drop flows out. The giving and receiving go on in equal measure.
The other sea is shrewder, hoarding its income jealously. It will not be tempted into any generous impulse. Every drop it gets, it keeps.
The Sea of Galilee gives and lives. This other sea gives nothing. It is named the Dead.
There are two kinds of people in this world. There are two seas in Palestine.