John & Anne Wiley

2012/12/06

POV

Point Of View is an interesting phenomenon. Two people experiencing the same situation often respond to it completely differently, each from their own POV. Both are of course, correct in their experience. Each may also believe their POV is superior. Yesterday we encountered that situation with friends, and it was intensely educational. Perhaps this is why, today looking through more pix from recent flights, I noticed POV in them. This scene is experienced quite differently from the sea, the cliffs, the shore, and here in the air.

1713 Sunnyside

1713 Sunnyside

This angle with the evening sun behind us, provides an uncommon POV. Not better than if we’d been in a kayak paddling furiously to stay safe in the surf. Or if we’d enjoyed the long hike to reach the cliff top and peer over the edge. Or feeling the brisk water in that calmer pool in the distance. How we each come to a moment has value, and sharing our POV with each other seems to me tied up with the Meaning of Life for our species.

Often, flying takes us beyond the realm of human experience going back even into a time we may have lived in tall trees. Looking down at this tall tower at the Garden Street Academy flips that POV of a high place, into an interesting shape far below.

1677 Flip

1677 Flip

Before flight became a frequent experience, I used to yearn for access to towers and other tall places. Now my POV is stretched so that such places are a passing curiosity. There are exciting moments during most flights, when a new discovery or POV brings smiles and thrills. But most often there is a deep calm that permeates our consciousness and endures after we’re back on the ground, savoring. A POV stretched beyond our species, that evokes calm pools of shared memory.

1728 Calm Pools

1728 Calm Pools

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