airmiles de botton

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“Whatever the advantages of plentiful and convenient air travel, we may curse it for being too easy, too unnoticeable – and thereby for subverting our sincere attempts at changing ourselves through our journeys.How we would admire planes if they were no longer there to frighten and bore us. We would stroke their steel dolphin-like bodies in museums and honour them as symbols of a daunting technical intelligence and a prodigious wealth.We would admire them like small boys do, and adults no longer dare, for fear of seeming uncynical and unvigilant towards their crimes against our world.”

= Alain de Botton (2010-04-17) via http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8626000/8626927.stm bonus: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/libby_purves/article7101352.ece + http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/hamish-mcrae/the-tuesday-essay-brought-down-to-earth-1948713.html image: http://cloudappreciationsociety.org/

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