“I owned the world that hour as I rode over it— free of the earth, free of the mountains, free of the clouds, but how inseparably I was bound to them.” — Charles A. Lindbergh, on flying above the Rocky Mountains, quoted by Leonard Mosley in Lindbergh, 1978
A principle I have often considered in relation to flying and in just about every other sphere of activity is “that which divides also connects.” The atmosphere between the airplane and the ground divides, but also connects. Likewise, the atmosphere between people divides, but also connects.
That atmosphere between you and another – be it love, hatred, or something in between – divides, but also connects you to that person. Just as with your affection, your antipathy binds you to that which has your heart.
Wise is the man who carefully considers his animus, in both senses of the word.
*Photos taken by Gregg Hake in a Piper Saratoga TCII, with an Apple iPhone 3GS somewhere over Lake Lanier in Georgia