“Until now I have never really lived! Life on earth is a creeping, crawling business. It is in the air that one feels the glory of being a man and of conquering the elements. There is an exquisite smoothness of motion and the joy of gliding through space. It is wonderful!” — Gabriele D’Annunzio, 1909
There is something about the business of flying – taking off, gliding through space, and then returning to earth – that makes me think of the wonderful thinking processes with which we are all endowed.
The flight of a new idea typically begins on the ground. It typically emerges out of the factors already present with us. From there our minds lift it up to the skies above, where we consider possibilities that may not have previously been obvious from where we “stood” below.
At last the idea must be brought safely back to earth if it is to be of any tangible value. This phase, as with flying, is tge most perilous.
*Photos taken by Gregg Hake with an Apple iPhone 3GS over Northeast Georgia