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I recently flew back from Italy. It's my first time outside North America. It was amazing to consider I started my return day on the Italian Riviera (no, I'm not rich…), then flew over the snow capped Alps, over the chilly North Atlantic dotted with floating icebergs as far as the eye could see, then over the still snow laced tundra of Labrador to arrive back in balmy New England. I don't take that for granted, and don't understand how any one can?

For me flying is the closest I come to a religious experience. Maybe it's because it forces my brain to "think big". You can't look out the window and not see that humanity - all that stuff we take for granted: cars, houses, friends, family - is all just a fine dust distributed around a vast globe. But at the same time you see Earth more as a planet - a finite ecosystem in which powerful yet subtle natural processes shape the land and life.

I don't understand why more people aren't awed by the views and the change in perspective - especially our political representatives who do a fair bit of flying yet remain so small minded. Maybe it's because some don't like to fly and are preoccupied by their fears during the process? I confess that when I fly I become a total fatalist. If we land safe or crash, my concerns and skills would have little effect on the outcome, so I just throw myself into the experience of being an observer.

Or maybe I'm just a freak? In any case flying has always opened my mind and spirit by viewing nature and our planetary cradle on that scale. It's no wonder that the Apollo astronauts were awed by seeing Earth in its entirety in their sky. Maybe we need to fly all our politicians to the Moon, just in hopes it will allow them to "think bigger"?

'K. Nuff spiritual chatter. More art! Click to visit strange new worlds!

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wbyrd Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
flying is the most fun you can have with your clothes on. I used to belong to the Cival Air Patrol, most of my teen years were spent around aircraft, and my early 20s ere spent learning to fly. Nothing beats the over from a mile up on a clear day, with no one but you around.

Commercial air travel is not as fun, but it is still great to see the world from the other side of the clouds.  Do yourself a favor and take an Air tour, or hire a pilot to take you up.... you won't regret it...unless you crash in a fiery ball of twisted wreckage... but that is less likely than getting into a wreck on your way to the airport.
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dana-redde Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like your perspective!

I never get sick of the view. I liked flying over Siberia and seeing endless miles of mountains and ice. Imagine my disappointment the first time I descended into Beijing and my first glimpse of Asia was a thick curtain of brown smog with a few building tops poking through D: It does amuse me that while I know I'm on a chair in the sky, traveling a thousand times faster than our ancestors could have ever imagined, I still get bored. That's the human mind for you.

It's also very disconcerting to fly through so many time zones and arrive, by clock-time, BEFORE you left.

How airplanes fly is one of those things that I know intellectually how it works, but I can't understand on a gut level. Physics and all that but-but-but HOW?

Hope you had a great trip!
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AnthonyFoti Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the feature!
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echoarty Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As long as we leave them there, I'm fine with it :XD:
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biomass Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
'sniff' thanks Rob
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
My thoughts when flying are the same, love a window seat, have some good ambient thought provoking music on and just watch.

Finally went to Europe eh? Good fun, did my trip to Europe when that Iceland volcano was making things dicey with all the ash drifting across.
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KristinF Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sounds glorious... Italy, you lucky thing!  I was usually too excited about where I was going to worry about fears... However, as I am getting older the thoughts creep in more.  I think Vodka will cure that though!  (not too much though or I will just end up as another Brit arrested on a flight for being piddled :P )
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
But then you'd dull your brain during a time when having it at peak function reaps all kinds of rewards?! It's like having great sex while blasted outta your skull! ;)
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LmAnt Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I like your philosophical approach to flying.
Probably because it is pretty close to mine :)
However, I'd love to maximize that experience once with learning to fly myself (with the aid of a plane, of course :D )
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
I agree that piloting would be pretty cool, but it'd be a different experience because you couldn't just lose yourself in thought and scenery.
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