Flying Above the Underside

On my recent return to Canada, I took some photos of the sunrise as we chased it into the west.

As we flew above the cirrocumulus clouds, it really hit me that this experience – flying into the west above a layer of lake-like rippled cloud, or most any flying at all – would soon be coming to a screeching halt.

I wondered about how much of this virus situation we have done to ourselves. There is a densely packed underside to humanity, and we all know of it.

Part of that underside is our insatiability.

There never seems to be enough money, food, clothes, cars, trips, technology … toilet paper, to satisfy us. We usually seem to need more, more, more of whatever it is, and sometimes, because of this, we are releasing things that we do not understand or respect, even tiny little things, like viruses. Are we simply just ignoring this? Flying above it?

Is this Earth’s way of slowing us down? Of forcing a break? Is Earth finally getting a much-deserved rest?

What do you think?

28 thoughts on “Flying Above the Underside”

  1. There’s no doubt that population is a primary contributor to the climate emergency, Lynette. And, I too, have had this experience of seeing humanity in a different light after flying overhead. I suspect it’s that different perspective on the world below that allows us a different perspective on our humanity. Nice piece. Thank you.

    1. Thank you, Stuart. 🙂 I think that we have become so greedy that we can’t see that we’re killing the golden goose (not that I think we can kill the earth – but this virus is giving me the sense that it will fight back, and it’s a lot stronger than we are … )

      1. Unfortunately, as long as the financial drivers fail to understand that the Earth is a finite space, with finite resources, we cannot continue to grow. There comes a point when growth is the cause of many problems, and I suspect we have now reached that point. Whether those in power, with the wealth and authority to reverse this destructive activity, will actually do anything remeians to be seen, of course.
        Stay safe and well.

  2. I think a higher being has hit the reset button. In parts of China, air quality has already improved and in the European countries in isolation, a new social appreciation for the little things has developed. We take this life (and the people in it) and our freedom for granted, sometimes. We all tend to think of ourselves too much. This enforced slowdown is our chance to reflect on what and who truly important. Stay well Lynette. Allan

    1. Yes, pollution is dropping significantly, and we are being required to appreciate the little things. How long will that last after this is over, though? I agree that many of us have become pretty entitled – all I have to do is think of those people who are still insisting on going out and congregating. I am looking forward to the day when this virus burns itself out, but I hope we take the lessons of it with us.

      You stay well, too. 🙂

  3. Lots of great questions to reflect on here. In some ways, we really need to take a good look at what we’re doing and how we do things. This time with my family is making me look at the way we work. The grand vacation I originally wanted to take now seems so frivolous. If I do get to take a vacation this year, it won’t be the one I planned. It will be much simpler. Take care–stay healthy:)

    1. Thank you. 🙂 We really do need to take a look at the ways in which we are fortunate. I keeping coaching myself to remember those positives and to also pay attention to the ones I’ve been neglecting.

      You take care too. Stay well. 🙂

  4. From my perspective (which isn’t saying much), the Universe is always correcting our course, trying to get us to “wake up” so to speak. Wake up to our true nature as being one with all that is . . .

    Now that I’ve gone to that deep area (as I tend to do), I’ll come back up to the surface (sort of), in commenting about your photos. Just gorgeous. The clouds look like a solid surface, a rumpling of snow over rough terrain.

    1. Hi Lori, this time, I think the universe has given us a really hard slap and knocked us from our chair. What amazes me are the people who act like the knight from Monty Python as he insists that “it’s only a flesh wound” while both arms are hanging off.

      Thank you! 🙂 It was really beautiful to see the sunrise bordering the clouds like that. It was a lovely formation.

  5. I think there is messages here also. A pandemic like this has been the topic of TED talks since 2006 or sooner. A speaker (surname Brilliant) has spoken there. The number of deaths will be much less than he predicted, this time. However the economic effect will be much longer lasting. On the plus side I assume hopefully that leadership will learn enough this time so that next time, our responses will be quicker and more effective.

    1. I think that Canada’s leadership is doing well; even a couple of the premiers who seemed like total horses’ asses are stepping up and acting like leaders instead of children in a sandbox. And yes, gov’ts are going to need to remember the lessons here.

      We are going to feel the economic effects for a while, no question. But that’s better than allowing this virus to spread.

  6. Hard times, bad times, encourage reflection, encourage paring down to what really matters. In good times, we’re too busy having a good time… When we finally emerge from this, in a surely altered world, I hope we remember, and continue to act on, some of the truths we now recognize.

      1. Memory can be short. But we will all be different after this, and our world as well, and I hope we don’t forget these hard-earned insights and squander the opportunity to embed them in our on-going lives.

  7. I’ve heard a lot of people make theories as to the “why” — some spouting religious nonsense that makes me gag (in my head, not literally). But the idea that we should at least take pause and consider what’s happening and how we can learn from it, that seems the wisest course of action.
    Lovely pictures, by the way. 🙂

    1. Thank you. 🙂

      I agree. I’m not into this off-the-wall religious stuff. Yup, makes me want to ask if they are members of the Flat Earth Society (or gag 🙂 ). I really hope that we learn something here that stays with us.

  8. In some ways I think it is nature reminding us who is really in control. In regards to the universe we are very little, small, infant. We probably don’t even know 1% of all the knowledge there is to know. Plus, things are always evolving and changing. And not even are facts are always the right facts. Humans live by a philosophy of more, but we fail to realize that sometimes less is more.

    1. Yes – I agree completely. The earth is really a giant organism and we are just along for the ride.

      We know very little; most of it we don’t even know that we don’t know it. And I agree that more is often less.

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