Air transportation: A beautiful and terrible invention
More than 70,000 years ago, the Homo sapiens (the present human beings) began the journey of transformation of selves. Some centuries later, man began the imagination of inventing machines that can dwarf man’s lives and prolong his longevity and existentialism.
The conquering of others wild species of animals in their crudest habitats was the best thing that had happened to man.
More than 400, 000 years ago, man relied on the leftovers of wild animals’ foods and wandered for sustenance in the wilderness! In the process of transformation from the crudest lives to modernism, man invented fire for cooking and morphed to industrial revolution.
A stupendous transformation that changed the ways we live forever! In the process of morphing from crudity to modernization, man became existential threats to himself! The profundity of change from the primitiveness of man to modernism is a subject of discussion for another day.
In the meantime, prior to this unfortunate incident on Saturday March 10, 2019, I had a discussion with a junior brother in Atlanta, USA few days to Professor Pius Adesanmi’s death about the unbelievable and terrible, terrible phobia I have for hours of flight in the air. I can’t fathom it! I seldom travel by air! I hate to travel by air! I don’t like to think about it! I always thought of getting anesthetized for the whole period of travel in the air. It makes me sick to think about it! It’s like one’s being sentenced to pass through a catacomb to final gallow, but air travels remain the safest for all means of long distance travel. And some fallible human beings love to travel by air! Yes! I know we will all die by one thing or the other, but the unavoidable imaginary thoughts intertwined in the process of this terrible mode of transportation isn’t funny but terrifying to me! These giant moving coffins in the air made by man are the most safest, beautiful and terrible invention of all time! More than 40 thousands of flights land and take off every day here in the United States of America.
Anytime I am at the airport, I always feel like I am in prison where inmates sentenced to deaths are awaiting execution. Whereas, the exquisite environment and the sight of beautiful people around at the airport are stunning things to behold any day! It is magical how man manages to do or come about these flying-giant-birds in the air through invention.
I am still terrified and lost in thoughts process about the young professor’s death! A kindred spirit is lost and mused to eternal intellectual fecundity and catacombs.
We must always prepare to live as if we’re going to die—-in that case we’ll live our lives with consciousness to the fullest for humankind. Pius Adesanmi’s death is totally unbelievable and unfathomable but a discernible lesson for us.
May Almighty God repose the souls and comfort the grieving immediate family members, and the friendly families left behind by the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines mishap.
We will sorely miss the kindred spirit, erudite, larger-than-life intellectual enigma and quintessential youthful Nigerian-Canadian Professor. A bubbling soul has embarked on an unending blissful journey to unknown eternity. To live in the bosom hearts of the lives we have touched while alive is not to die! Prof. Rest in Peace till us all meets to part no more!
Yahaya Balogun, wrote from Arizona, USA
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