If struggling to swim, the approaching swell may well drown him. If the incline describes a breaker near-shore, more life may be waiting for him. We may see the edge of grave not wave, war rubble, troubled house, roof edge, a felled tree not the sea.
Nothing is certain - not despair, not hope.
Imagine a film only of the head of a dog, light, and darkness. Recordings of peace, war, creation, and destruction play. There is no dialogue, just dog, sound. dark, and light. What might you, seeing, listening, discover about yourself?