Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
SEA SQUIRTS?! Yup – you heard me right.
Sea squirts belong to a remarkable group of undersea animals called tunicates. The sea squirt starts off as an egg, then very quickly develops into a tadpole-like creature. It has a small brain to help it swim through the water, until it finds a suitable place to which it can attach itself, and there it will spend the rest of its life – never moving again. At this point its brain becomes unnecessary, so it is absorbed by its body. The only organs which are necessary are those needed to filter the water which it siphons in and out to find nourishment. Once the sea squirt becomes stationary, it literally eats its own brain … or, in effect, it “loses its mind.”
While this information on the sea squirt was fascinating, I saw no particular application for me until I read an article in a recent Psychology Today magazine. The author of the article, a Ph.D candidate in Education, related the functioning of a sea squirt to how we, as humans, learn. In too many cases, our teaching methods require students to be “glued to their desks,” doing nothing more than siphoning off bits of passing information for basic survival. Living becomes a “no brainer.”
What is the “parable” in this for me? May I never be content to become so glued to a particular mindset, or outlook, or understanding of life and others which causes me to become so “fixed” that I never move again. I do not want to become so attached to survival and safety that life becomes a no brainer, and I literally lose my mind.
The beauty and challenge of God’s creation – which includes us – is that God never stops moving. May each of us seek out God’s continuing creation in our own lives, lest we lose our minds.