Is Water Wet?

The unapproachable, undying power of water. Courtesy of Adobe Stock

The unapproachable, undying power of water. Courtesy of Adobe Stock

Over the course of human interaction and development, one question remains prominent in human discourse: “Is Water Wet?” The debate is in constant controversy, as the definition of “wet” is unable to bring any clarification over the issue. This is not just a question of whether liquid adheres to not just solids but also itself. At its core, it is a dilemma of identity. 

Does water need a companion to reach its unlimited wetness potential, or can it fulfill its purpose of liquidation, independent of a solid catalyst? I believe water, the strongest natural substance in the world, does not need a solid to adhere to, as it lives and thrives longer than any wood, stone or metal. Therefore, in definition and in identity, water is in fact wet.

In the history of our Earth, water predates any solid land mass or lifeform you can think of. Before the continents, before life itself, there was the sea. And when the world is completely water, is it not wet? Are the oceans not wet? Are the rivers not wet? Are lakes not wet? Is WATER, not wet?

Our whole history is ruled by the law of water. Without water, there is no life. Humans are made of 70% water, and we need constant liquid to merely function. Agriculture was the key to our exponential development, and it could destroy said development with little effort. The deepest depths of the oceans dwarf the highest peaks of Everest. At 29,032 feet high, Everest barely penetrates the depth of the Mariana Trench. The Oceans are an endless void of darkness, pressure, and power. It has ruled over us for millions of years, so why should we have the ability to declare its wetness? If anything, water should declare whether us humans are humanistic enough.

In our day and age, identity is more important to humanity than ever before. The human identity constantly fluctuates, no single person finding what it truly means to be a person. But water, on the other hand? Water has a strong, developed identity over two billion years. Humans know what water is, animals know what water is, and water knows what water is. Water is wet. Why can humans, unable to find their own consistent identity, label the unending, unopposed, unmatched power of water? Water is and always has been wet, long before our history and prehistory.

Though common opinion will debate and interpret the definition of wetness to not include water, the history of H2O, the power of water, and the unending expanse and identity of water, confirm that water is wet, no matter what anyone will say.