Monday, 31 October 2011

Dead Sea vs The Sea of Galilee

Salam to all..

I terpanggil untuk copy and paste an email been forwarded by my fellow's an interesting piece..

Baca dengan teliti dan hayati nya..

Why it is called "Dead Sea?" - Author : Unknown        
Sitting in the Geography class in school, I remember how fascinated I was when we were being taught all about the Dead Sea. As you probably recall,the Dead Sea is really a Lake, not a sea!
Its so high in salt content that the human body can float easily. You can almost lie down and read a book! The salt in the Dead Sea is as high as 35% - almost 10 times the normal ocean water. And all that saltiness has meant that there is no life at all in the Dead Sea. No fish. No vegetation. No sea animals. Nothing lives in the Dead Sea.                                                                                                       
And hence the name: "Dead Sea".

While the Dead Sea has remained etched in my memory, I don't seem to recall learning about the Sea of Galilee in my school Geography lesson. So when I heard about the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea and the tale of the two seas - I was intrigued. Turns out that the Sea of Galilee is just north of the Dead Sea. Both the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea receive their water from River Jordan. And yet, they are very, very different.          
Unlike the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee is pretty, resplendent with rich, colorful marine life. There are lots of plants. And lots of fish too. In fact, the sea of Galilee is home to over twenty different types fishes.

Same region, same source of water, and yet while one sea is full of life, the other is dead.

Here apparently is why. The River Jordan flows into the Sea of Galilee and then flows out. The water simply passes through the Sea of Galilee in and then out - and that keeps the Sea healthy and vibrant, rich with marine life.

But the Dead Sea is far below the mean sea level, that it has no outlet. The water flows in from the River Jordan, but it does not flow out as there are no outlet streams. It is estimated that over a million tons of water evaporated from the Dead Sea every day. Leaving it salty. Too full of minerals. And unfit for any marine life.

The Dead Sea takes water from the River Jordan, and holds it. It does not give. Result? No life at all!..                              
Food for Thoughts:

Life is not just about getting. It's about giving. We all need to learn from the Sea of Galilee.

We are fortunate to get wealth, knowledge, love and respect. But if we don't learn to give, we could all end up like the Dead Sea. The love and the respect, the wealth and the knowledge could all evaporate. Like the water in the Dead Sea.

If we keep the Dead Sea mentality of merely taking in more and more water, more money, more of everything, the results are obviously disastrous.

To make sure that we are living in the sea of our own life, we must have outlets, and many outlets!

For love and wealth - and everything else that we get in our life, we make sure we don't just get, we give too. Open the taps. And we'll open the floodgates to joy and happiness. Make that a conscious habit. To share is to give.

Similarly, communication is also a flow between two or more parties, and if one just receive and do not give, it eventually become a Dead Sea.
So, what a thought kan? Hopefully we can see ourselves as The Sea of Galilee as life is just a loan from God. A loan to share.

A bit about history of Dead Sea (as mentioned by one of my colleague as well)

Dead Sea tu ialah lapisan bumi yang telah diterlangkupkan oleh Jibrail a.s. atas perintah Allah s.w.t. terhadap kaum Nabi Lut a.s. Dead Sea menjadi suatu tempat yang dilaknat Allah sehingga hari kiamat sebagaimana yang Nabi Mohd saw nukilkan. Sebab itulah tiada makhluk Allah seperti ikan dan tumbuh2an yang mahu tinggal di Dead Sea tersebut….

Sama2 lah kita muhasabah diri..


  1. what a good thought! i always find myself fascinated with these kind of stuffs. jimah, lets go travelling to these countries! tetibe! yeah aku nak sgt merasa masuk palestine, jordan semua..mesti bes gile!

  2. yep adda..all those middle east countries is next in my rezeki dan wang lebey kite ke sane plak...haha..