Ask a Fish…

by Mark Forman on October 17, 2016

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"Ask a fish to describe water. It can't because it doesn't know that water exists."

When I was a new college student in the dorm-already a trippy new experience, I remember wanting to make conversation with my roommate who was sent by his airline in Japan for English training in the US. My roommate's name was Etsu. He was very shy and not a proficient English speaker. I recall trying to make conversation with him and asking him what was it like to grow up on an island? He paused as it was obviously an awkward question which he couldn't come up with a good answer for. It was about 3 days later when the inanity of my question to him became apparent to me-I myself had grown up on an island(Long Island) and had absolutely no awareness of my home being an island. Brooklyn was just Brooklyn to me-and more specifically my tiny part of it-Flatbush, Midwood and really just the space I lived in with my family was just the world I knew and had no special name or awareness that I attached to it.

The photo above was taken in the YanCheng District of Kaohsiung, Taiwan close to the harbor, I'm sure there are many fish swimming around in there. I have no clue how they feel although I enjoy fish. I did enjoy the family time together and the waterfront city. There are many more good images to be had there and hopefully I'll have more time to go and get some of them, have conversations with some more people and try to learn that "water exists."