This very short excerpt was really enjoyable. I like the use of the land and sea being an analogy for traditional and progressive societies. This clearly was based on the argument that a progressive society is better than that of a traditional, which we know by how the uncle is portrayed, which is stubborn and rude, and unwilling to bend for anyone. However even though this is the way that he is, he still has family on land, so when they do visit, even when he is rude to them, given enough time he come around and is more tolerable. Speaking of his land relatives, they represent a progressive society. Where things are always changing and they strive for the future and moving towards it. The land is limited to expansion only though mechanisms, or survival of the fittest. Whereas living in water has a more infinite amount of space, and has no real need for expansion or modernization, but what worked before, works today.
This world in which is strongly based on scientific evolution that humans came from water, and the expansion of the idea that not everyone felt the need to evolve further on to land, is an interesting thought within itself, and this idea works well to help explain the how a difference in living or way of life, or even opinions isn’t necessarily wrong or right, and though both parties usually only see the wrong in each other, they can come to some sort of an understanding with one another.