Letter to Divers, by Jacques Yves Cousteau

As all human beings are born in the heart of mother earth. We have arms and legs, breathe oxygen that enters small lungs. We spent much of our life in the vertical position that gives us greater autonomy and comfort on Earth. Seen on the surface are equal to all human beings.

But analyzing a little deeper, something makes us different. We are born with eyes accustomed to blue waters. We have a body that yearns for the arm of the sea, and a lung that accepts great hardship to air just to prolong our life in the blue world.

We are men and women of restless spirit. We seek in our lives more than was given. Been through much evidence to bring us closer.

We turn our feet in large fins, handle the heat from our bodies with fake fur and arrive to take a new Lung in our backs. And all this for what? In order to be able to satisfy a passion, a dream. Because we, someday, somehow, we were introduced to a new world. A world of silence, calmness, mystery, respect and friendship. And this calm and silence made us forget the mess and bustle of our home world. The mystery involved our heart thirsty for adventure.

The respect that we learn to have by the real inhabitants of this world. I respect those who, after having felt the innocence of a fish, the intelligence of a dolphin, the Majesty of a whale or even the strength of a shark, we can understand.

And the friendship. When we go to the bottom of the sea, we found that there could never live alone. So we take someone else. And this person, double call, mate or just a friend, it is important to us. Because, in addition to being able to save our lives, share everything we saw and felt. And in doubles, we have teams, and these become ever larger and more. And so we believe that we are all old friends even though we don’t know each other. And this bond that unites us is bigger than all the others I’ve found.

And this makes us more than just friends, we are brothers. Makes us divers.

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