Jules Pretty quoting WG Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn 2002:
“When Sebald saw fishermen camping on the beach at Pakefield in Suffolk, each alone and equidistant from one another, he thought, “They just want to be in a place where they have the world behind them, and before them nothing but emptiness.”

Fortunately Pretty doesn’t except that analysis and says:

“But fishermen don’t see the sea as empty. They look with hope.” pp82
The Luminous Coast

I would say for me and maybe many others the water is a reflection of ones soul, it isn’t empty hence the hope but also peace and quietude beyond the mind.

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