I don’t fly very often. Infrequently enough that I still pay attention to the safety demonstration given by the flight attendant. Infrequently enough that I still press my nose to the little window and marvel at the birds-eye perspective on the world. Infrequently enough that I still look forward to the arrival of the refreshment cart, yet feel vaguely disappointed by its meager offerings.
Here are some of the things I’ve noticed while flying.
- Even if it’s pouring rain on the ground, it’s sunny above the clouds. I think about this on rainy days, and it cheers me up.
- From up in the sky, you can’t see any evidence of any animals except for human beings. The evidence of us is everywhere. We’re a blight on the planet.
- A lot of people have swimming pools, especially those who live near large bodies of water.
- From a plane you can clearly see that every square inch of this planet belongs to someone. When you really think about it, it seems odd that we can “own” land. And even if we all agree to that system, with deeds and titles and so on, does anyone really own the land? Or do we all just agree to pretend we do?
Those are some of the things I think about while flying. I also think about who will I eat first if we crash in the Andes, how happy I am that I don’t smoke anymore, and whether my camera batteries are going to explode because of the changing pressure.