‘I Have No Choice but to Keep Looking’
Five years after the tsunami that killed tens of thousands in Japan, a husband still searches the sea for his wife . .
“We often think of searching as a kind of movement, a forward motion through time, but maybe it can also be the opposite, a suspension of time and memory. Heidegger wrote of a metaphoric pain, calling it the “joining of the rift.” It’s this rift, he said, that holds together things that have been torn apart, to perhaps create a new space where joy and sadness can find communion. This is the space I believed Takamatsu found beneath the sea, where he could feel close to his to wife, in the rift between “missing” and “deceased.” ‘ (from here) BY JENNIFER PERCY AUG. 2, 2016, New York Times Magazine
The sea is like memory. However lost or forgotten, everything in it exists forever…
The narrator of J.G. Ballardʼs story “Prisoner of the Coral Deep” (1964)