Sunday, August 21, 2005

Blue Oyster Wisdom

Airplanes make strangers of us all
Give us distance

Much too easily

Blue Oyster Cult, Mirrors, In Thee

Oh boy, what a summer! Airplanes in the news almost every day, and not for good reasons: the birds keep falling down, claiming the lives of hundred of passengers and crew members, leaving us with sadness and doubts.

Is flying so benign after all?

As a (currently grounded) pilot, my answer will be of course: no. Flying is a very involving activity, where the most critical part of the job (landing) is performed when the pilot is the most tired (after hours of flight) and where there is no easy way out like parking on the side of the road for a little break...

But, as a very distracted driver, famous for increasing the chaos level of highway traffic (dubbed as "D-Factor" by my friends), I will remind you that flying remains the safest way of transportation! The shocking thing about a plane crash is that it takes many lives at a time, while it will take more car crashes to reach the same death toll.

Anyway, this blog was not about travel safety, it was about another side effect of airplanes. Nowadays, you can work and meet people all around the world and then, just after you started to have feelings for them, you fly back home.

Your cherished ones will expatriate to some remote land where you will pay visit to them from time to time, but soon it will, again, be time to fly back home.

Home is known to be where your heart is, but, because of these airplanes, your heart will be in so many different locations, so where will your home be?

The heck to such hollow concepts as "global village", this hurts! Even BOC knew it and this was in good old 1979...