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Random vacation thoughts

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 30, 2003

A few of the heavy questions that I pondered while sitting on the beach last week:

- Why is the sound of ocean surf so relaxing? Ordinarily you'd think that a "roar" or a "constant pounding" would be headache material. Why is it calming in this case?

- Why is it even more relaxing to float in the ocean, and be "tossed around" by the waves? That's another phrase not ordinarily associated with relaxation.

Just wondering...

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Aug. 03, 2003 10:44 PM ET USA

    The answer to your theological queries lies at Peter Kreeft's website, which can be linked to through Ignatius Press or at www.peterkreeft.com -- he discusses surfing and St Augustine and the encounter with a boy with a bucket pulling water out of the ocean. I'm more than just a cynic.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 31, 2003 6:30 PM ET USA

    Because as the brother of your one time opponent for senate once said, we all crawled up out of the sea! cheers!

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Jul. 30, 2003 2:17 PM ET USA

    Perhaps, just a perhaps, because they are the sounds of nature praising God and not the unending cacophony of the busyness of the useless pursuits of a spiritually bankrupt culture seeking escape.

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