Good Morning, God!
This is my view of Moanalua Bay while stopped at a red light. Up until maybe two or three days ago, I had four categories for Hawaii Kai: 1) Ocean 2) Moanalua Bay 3) Marina 4) Land.
But, my Godson, Shane, was telling me just a few days ago that Hawaii Kai is basically “wetlands.” Wetlands? “A wetland is an area of land whose soil is saturated with water either permanently or seasonally.” Hmm. Yes, I knew that Hawaii Kai used to be wetlands. It had never occurred to me, God, that we humans hadn’t just transformed Hawaii Kai into Dry Land and Marina.
In fact, Waikiki used to be wetlands, too. We humans apparently love separating the land from the water. Funny, I thought we were successful. But, my Godson is very smart and sounded quite certain that we were still wetlands.
Then, yesterday, while jogging I saw this sign. Apparently, this is to designate an “active” wetland that I jog by several times a week.
Hmmm. I might not think that much about it except for rereading Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz. I was in the part about how we humans much prefer Certainty to Uncertainty. We almost insist on Certainty in our leaders. Apparently being wrong is acceptable — but being uncertain about what is right — is not.
I can sense that wetlands have too high a degree of uncertainty for most of us. Is it land? Or is it water? The wetlands should decide! And stick to it! I’m mostly joking, God. Still, finding a designated wetlands in my neighborhood was a trifle unsettling. It makes me “uncertain” about the quality of the soil my home is resting on. I, too, like certainty.