Chasing Moby Dick

Dancing With Whales In Vava’u

Call Me Ishmael — Herman Melville, Moby Dick

It is the 4th of July Weekend in USA and I am taking a break from my normal topics of interest. I am writing this article to provide you with a glimpse of the splendor that is swimming with the whales in the Kingdom of Tonga

The Basics

The Kingdom of Tonga is an archipelago of 169 islands of which 36 are inhabited. It is a sovereign nation in Polynesia. Polynesia in Greek means ‘many islands’ and consists of 1000 islands scattered in the the central and South Pacific.

We can leave a place behind, or we can stay in that place and leave our selfishness (often expressed in feeling sorry for ourselves) behind. If we leave a place and take our selfishness with us, the cycle of problems starts all over again no matter where we go. But if we leave our selfishness behind, no matter where we are, things start to improve.

Selfishness can truly bind human efforts to materialistic pursuits. Touching a whale in the ocean is the perfect antidote.

Whale Watching

Cruise ships often stop at Vava’u to watch whales swimming naturally in the Pacific. Free divers also swim with the whales and in a way, dance with them. Watch the video to catch a glimpse of Tonga:

Final Thoughts

Whale watching or diving with whales in Vava’u is not exactly the same as chasing to hunt. Rather, it is to dance under the shadow of god. While we keep thinking about making money, business, buying things and all things materialistic, the greater legacy would be to leave the earth better or at least as good as we found it.

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.

Writer @ The Intersection of Finance, Tech & Humanity. Stories of a Global Language: “Money”. Contributor @ Startup Grind, HackerNoon, HBR. Twitter@akothari_mba

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