We take you to a small tavern 10 miles outside of Kitty Hawk, South Carolna.
The date is December 17, 1903…
“Indeed Wilbur. After all those hours-days-weeks-we finally had success.”
“Don’t forget the years Orville.”
“Oh touché old boy.”
“So what do we do now.”
“Why we fly again and again, for longer times and farther distances.”
“Yeahhh. I’m wondering about a return on my investment.”
“Isn’t it enough to be part of history?”
“Welllll. I had a thought while I was up there for those twelve seconds. We carried ourselves, why not carry others?”
“We charge them to carry them from city to city. We’ll be flying that far in no time.”
“Hey gents can I get you another pint?”
“Yes my good woman-Two more.”
Sitting on a plane for four hours, in a relatively small seat (and I’m only 5’7″ and 150 lbs, I can’t imagine being six foot and chunky) I drift to two thoughts: I really want to make more money so I can always fly first class, or, I wish I could fly myself.
But what if we all flew ourselves, super-hero style? Is it possible that we could all possibly navigate air travel without hourly fatalities? I’m not able to walk the six blocks from my house to the train without having to swerve wide to avoid a couple who obviously paid extra for their all-encompassing use of the sidewalk. So what would happen in the air?
Now one might argue that given the ability to fly, the other powers would exist and our super-human strength would render the bumps and bruises meaningless. But if we are all men and women “of steel” then um, ow. I’ve heard metal hit metal and it doesn’t sound like fun.
You may argue further that we would also develop a tremendous power of perception and awareness of our fellow human beings, but I would snap back with “you’re rubber and I’m glue”…no wait…I’d say that we would still be human and therefore selfishness would trump and we’d be smacking into each other left and right, dropping like flies and making more potholes.
So I’ll plug the earphones in and open my book. The movie is another one based on a Nicholas Spark’s novel and I’ve already seem The Notebook.