It seems our search for water is wired into our DNA. During a 2010 TED talk, Denis Dutton proposed "A Darwinian Theory of Beauty". When people were asked to describe a beautiful landscape, they universally identified these elements- ". open spaces, covered with low grass, interspersed with trees. And if you add water to the scene—either directly in view, or as a distant bluish cast that the eye takes as an indication of water—the desirability of that landscape skyrockets". He theorized these were the elements necessary for human survival: grasses and trees for food (and to attract edible animal life); the ability to see approaching danger (human or animal) before it arrives; trees to climb if you need to escape predators; and the presence of an accessible source of water nearby.
Considering our brains are 80% water and our bodies are 60% water, we are deeply connected to this resource. I love this description by science writer Loren Eisely.
"Human beings are a way that water has of going about, beyond the reach of the river."
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Excerpts From: Wallace J. Nichols & Céline Cousteau. “Blue Mind.” Little, Brown and Company, 2014-07-22