This handicap would have mired his entire life had he not chosen to confront and defeat it. In this autobiographical account, Douglas details his struggle to learn swimming that was punctuated with many harrowing incidents, one of which nearly to the edge of death. His story runs like this. When he was a ten or eleven, he decided to learn swimming.
He had developed a terror of water since childhood.
When he was three or four years old the writer had gone to California with his father. One day on the beach, the waves knocked the child down and swept over him. The child was terrified but the father who knew there was no harm laughed.
Still another incident, more serious, increased his terror. The writer was trying to learn swimming in the Y. One day while he was waiting for other boys, a big boy suddenly played a dangerous prank and pushed him into the water.
The writer was terribly frightened. He went down nine feet into the water. His lungs were full of the unreleased air.
When he reached the bottom, he jumped upward with all his strength. He came up but very slowly. He tried to catch hold of something like a rope but grasped only at water. He tried to shout but no sound came out. He went down again. His lungs ached, head throbbed and he grew dizzy. He felt paralyzed with fear.
All his limbs were paralyzed. Only the movement of his heart told him that he was alive. Again he tried to jump up. But this time his limbs would not move at all.
He looked for ropes, ladders and water wings but all in vain. Then he went down again, the third time. This time all efforts and fear ceased. He was moving towards peaceful death. The writer was in peace. When he came to consciousness, he found himself lying on the side of the pool with the other boys nearby.
The terror that he had experienced in the pool never left him. It haunted him for years and years to come. It spoilt many of his expeditions of canoeing, swimming and fishing. But the writer was determined to conquer his terror. He took help of a swimming instructor to learn swimming.Deep Water by William Douglas William Douglas had innate aquaphobia.
This handicap would have mired his entire life had he not chosen to confront and defeat it.
In this autobiographical account, Douglas details his. Cold War: “The Black Silence of Fear” U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, one of the greatest civil libertarians in the history of the Court, warned of “The Black Silence of Fear” due to the anti-Communist hysteria of the Cold War.
Discover William O. Douglas famous and rare quotes. Share William O. Douglas quotations about liberty, first amendment and constitution. But man is not ready for adventure unless he is rid of fear. For fear confines him and limits his scope. He stays tethered by strings of doubt and indecision and has only a small and narrow world to.
William Orville Douglas (October 16, – January 19, ) was an American jurist and politician who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Nominated by President Franklin D.
Roosevelt, Douglas was confirmed at the age of . 13 quotes from William O. Douglas: 'As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged.
And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.', 'Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most. Indeed, William O. Douglas’ Deep Water justifies President Roosevelt’s assertion that all we have to fear, is fear itself.
William O. Douglas’ aversion to water began with his mother’s warnings about the Yakima river and a childhood sea holiday where he first experienced the power o water.