I just flew from Delhi to Los Angeles and observed the earth from above as I always do. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran into Europe, I look at the incredible landscapes and realize how beautiful our planet really is. I peer carefully to see if I can see remote civilizations – small settlements and try and guess how people live there and what it means to live so far away form major cities. I also see no barriers and the earth flows seamlessly from one landscape to another, and not from one territorial nation to another. I have been flying for so many years but I can never stop myself from glueing my nose to the window every time….
and today I had another thought as we flew over the mountains in California, that looked so much like the terrain in Afghanistan. That from above the Earth looks like it suddenly froze in time as if caught in mid flow. Like a wave caught in a painters canvass. Or a child suddenly pointed a finger and said ‘stop’.
And I then realized that it is our perception has frozen in time and not the Earth. Over a billion years the earth is still fluid – caught on a very long time lapse camera – all the mountains would be rising ad falling, the deserts would be shifting, as would the rivers and the oceans. Our Earth would be perceived as then – and actually is – completely fluid. Like a vast restless churning sea.