Demolishing Horizons

 

I’ve always enjoyed taking off in airplanes.

There’s something about the rattling of the compartment, being pushed back in your seat and breaking loose from gravity – against all odds – in order to reach your destination faster.

Mankind broke away from the earth for convenience.

We then took it a step further, escaping the atmosphere and casting chunks of metal, dogs, monkeys, and finally human beings into space. Why? Because we could. Because we felt we needed to and we don’t easily suffer barriers.

Think of the last time you gazed out to sea or over a wide, open expanse of land. Your sight seemed almost limitless; you could see for miles and miles.

That distance is increased a hundred-fold while you’re in an airplane. The higher you go, the further away the horizon stretches until you can see further than any bird, any cloud, or any god on Mount Olympus.

Now imagine how that horizon disappears completely as you pull away into space. There’s no longer anything between you and seeing forever out into the vastness of eternity.

On Earth, the most powerful telescope will eventually come up short because of the curve of the planet. From the air, the distance to that horizon is increased, but it’s still there. From space, you could gaze outward forever, limited only by your ingenuity and technology. You can see into the past or travel far enough, fast enough, to launch yourself into the future.

Any barrier can be broken with the right application of mental force and calculated risk.

And what is a horizon but a barrier to be broken through?

16 comments

  1. You’re right the human mind is capable of extraordinary creations, unfathomable by prior generation…our progressions keep moving the horizon further and further.

    Many people hold on to this notion to condition themselves to believing anything is possible…if you truly believe it…then it is.

    However, it’s interesting to ask if the horizon is always meant to be passed or is it at that distant vantage point for a reason. Living in the 21st century we actually have to ask our selves when is has it gone too far when it comes to innovation.

    With all that being said…being shot back into your seat when a plane is taking off is always a thrill!

    Thanks Colin.

  2. You’re right the human mind is capable of extraordinary creations, unfathomable by prior generation…our progressions keep moving the horizon further and further.

    Many people hold on to this notion to condition themselves to believing anything is possible…if you truly believe it…then it is.

    However, it’s interesting to ask if the horizon is always meant to be passed or is it at that distant vantage point for a reason. Living in the 21st century we actually have to ask our selves when is has it gone too far when it comes to innovation.

    With all that being said…being shot back into your seat when a plane is taking off is always a thrill!

    Thanks Colin.

  3. I admit I hate taking off in airplanes because I always imagine we’re all going to die, but then something magical transforms once we are in the air. I feel a jolt of inspiration and everything I aspire to be or do all of a sudden seems limitless. It must be because of what you describe here! The barriers cease to exist. I love plane rides :) I always feel refreshed when we land.

  4. I admit I hate taking off in airplanes because I always imagine we’re all going to die, but then something magical transforms once we are in the air. I feel a jolt of inspiration and everything I aspire to be or do all of a sudden seems limitless. It must be because of what you describe here! The barriers cease to exist. I love plane rides :) I always feel refreshed when we land.

  5. What an insightful way to communicate this powerful idea in a non-conventional, way more effective manner.

    I’m impressed.

  6. What an insightful way to communicate this powerful idea in a non-conventional, way more effective manner.

    I’m impressed.

  7. I guess the only barriers that stop us are the ones we impose ourselves. The examples you give us are proof that anything can be done, we just need to dream and take the steps to complete it.

    Wonderful post and very inspiring!

  8. I guess the only barriers that stop us are the ones we impose ourselves. The examples you give us are proof that anything can be done, we just need to dream and take the steps to complete it.

    Wonderful post and very inspiring!

  9. Dude! You are on a tear lately. Writing some great content, and lots of it. I loved this article. Did you write it down on a napkin while flying to Melbourne.

    Very insightful commentary. Liked the way you meld the physical with the metaphysical.

    Impressive indeed.

  10. Dude! You are on a tear lately. Writing some great content, and lots of it. I loved this article. Did you write it down on a napkin while flying to Melbourne.

    Very insightful commentary. Liked the way you meld the physical with the metaphysical.

    Impressive indeed.

  11. @Brenton: Very good point. I think we can question and question whether or not we should take the next step (whatever that might mean at the moment we ask it), but as human beings we can’t help but wonder. Even if we decree ‘no one shall split the atom,’ someone out there will do it. It’s a horizon, and we are a species made up of horizon-smashers. It’s in our genes.

    @Kristin: Ah, it’s so nice flying, isn’t it? Truth be told, I always think the same thing, taking off and landing. I always go through ‘what if’ scenarios and think, well, if I go now at least I go out dramatically, and doing what I want to be doing.

    @Ash: Thanks Ash :)

    @Alejandro: Exactly!

    @Gianpaolo: Thanks Gianpaolo! I actually DID write it on a plane on the way to Melbourne, though not on a napkin…on my laptop.

  12. @Brenton: Very good point. I think we can question and question whether or not we should take the next step (whatever that might mean at the moment we ask it), but as human beings we can’t help but wonder. Even if we decree ‘no one shall split the atom,’ someone out there will do it. It’s a horizon, and we are a species made up of horizon-smashers. It’s in our genes.

    @Kristin: Ah, it’s so nice flying, isn’t it? Truth be told, I always think the same thing, taking off and landing. I always go through ‘what if’ scenarios and think, well, if I go now at least I go out dramatically, and doing what I want to be doing.

    @Ash: Thanks Ash :)

    @Alejandro: Exactly!

    @Gianpaolo: Thanks Gianpaolo! I actually DID write it on a plane on the way to Melbourne, though not on a napkin…on my laptop.

  13. Writing like this only happens when your awake and fully present. The whole experience gets to you, if you let it, or it can be a routine event barely raising a hair.

  14. Writing like this only happens when your awake and fully present. The whole experience gets to you, if you let it, or it can be a routine event barely raising a hair.

  15. hmmm… A boundary is a phenomenon of oppostion. It is the meeting place of hostile forces. Where nothing opposes there can be no boundary. One cannot move beyond a boundary without some form of resistance.

    A horizon is a phenomenon of vision. One cannot look at the horizon; it is simply the point beyond which we cannot see. There is nothing in the horizon itself, however, that limits vision. One never reaches a horizon. It is not a line, it has no place; it encloses no field; its location is always relative to the view. To move towards a horizon is simply to have a new horizon. One can therefore never be close to one’s horizon, though one may certainly have a short range of vision, a narrow horizon.

    We are never somewhere in relation to the horizon since the horizon moves with our vision. We can only be somewhere by turning away from the horizon, by replacing vision with opposition, by declaring the place on which we stand to timeless – a sacred region, a holy land, a body of truth, a code of perfect commandments,

    Will you move towards horizons or a boundaries? Will your movements inspire new vision and new possibility or will they meet opposition at the edge? If you live towards the horizon you are always in passage.

  16. hmmm… A boundary is a phenomenon of oppostion. It is the meeting place of hostile forces. Where nothing opposes there can be no boundary. One cannot move beyond a boundary without some form of resistance.

    A horizon is a phenomenon of vision. One cannot look at the horizon; it is simply the point beyond which we cannot see. There is nothing in the horizon itself, however, that limits vision. One never reaches a horizon. It is not a line, it has no place; it encloses no field; its location is always relative to the view. To move towards a horizon is simply to have a new horizon. One can therefore never be close to one’s horizon, though one may certainly have a short range of vision, a narrow horizon.

    We are never somewhere in relation to the horizon since the horizon moves with our vision. We can only be somewhere by turning away from the horizon, by replacing vision with opposition, by declaring the place on which we stand to timeless – a sacred region, a holy land, a body of truth, a code of perfect commandments,

    Will you move towards horizons or a boundaries? Will your movements inspire new vision and new possibility or will they meet opposition at the edge? If you live towards the horizon you are always in passage.

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