The Surly Bonds!

Posted: July 13, 2011 in Deep Thoughts, Kipper

Since I was a young man growing up just outside Carswell Air Force Base, I have possessed a genuine love for aviation, space and all things other worldly. Besides the technological thrill of flight, the philosophical aspect of escaping the bonds of Earth has tickled my imagination like no other. Living on planet Earth is paradoxical. On the one hand the entirety of the human experience, the reality that each of us knows is inextricably linked to this rocky planet which has given us life for billions of years. On the other hand, the entirety of the human condition with all its suffering, pain and death is also deeply ingrained into our world. Flying allows us, if only for a short time, to escape and soar high above our human condition. As the old Irish Blessing says, “May the wind always be at your back” and “May the sun shine warm upon your face”


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