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A Moment of Pride in the Courage of the Human Race

Cruising out of New York Harbor is a stirring moment: a good breeze blowing, Frank Sinatra singing "New York, New York," helicopters and planes in the air, ships coming and going, small boats darting, in one glimpse the shoreline skylines of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, then the big green Statue of Liberty in bronzing sunset light. Seeing all that in one glance from the uppermost deck of the Queen Mary 2 made me proud of humans. It takes a brave and ingenious crew of people to create such a humming, swarming, majestic scene.  I'm impressed by what we, at our best, can come up with. To see so much of it at once can make the scalp prickle.



I had a hint of the same feeling just stepping out of my cabin into the hall:  it's a big ship.  This hall goes on for about half as far in the other direction as well.



It's also a big ocean.  Watching the waves (slate blue to ice blue to white white foam) reminded me of the first folks to cross it, traveling in small ships with no way to know where they'd land.  


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  • aiki
    July 31, 2012 at 9:54 am Reply

    Good pix ! — i just got this; did u post just now or was there a delay in my E notice?

    • July 31, 2012 at 10:18 am Reply

      Posted last night, aiki. I’ve been slow about getting around to posting after return.

  • July 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm Reply

    So important to take some time and enjoy the good moments in life and of humanity. Bon voyage!

    • July 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm Reply

      Thanks, Mohadoha. I found it wonderfully refreshing.

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