Words from Dic(tionary)
Aerodynamics: (n.) the study of the properties of moving air and especially of the interaction between the air and solid bodies moving through it.
I came to a conclusion yesterday: it’s really good that people can’t fly.
Actually there was no great revelation yesterday. I pretty much knew this all along. It’s just that when I saw the word “aerodynamics,” it brought my gratitude to the forefront.
It’s wonderful that the Creator gave every creature some specific ability, making it superior in a unique way to its neighbor.
- Snakes crawl on their bellies.
- Porcupines have quills.
- Sharks have big teeth.
- Skunks have … well … aroma.
- And birds can fly.
Can you imagine, with the human ego, how annoying, obnoxious and even dangerous we would be if we flew??
Let’s just start with driving. As precarious as it may be to travel the freeway with other motorists, if that action was occurring up in the sky, where you would not only have a fender-bender but a fall to the earth as also well you can see, the results could be quite lethal.
And then there’s the problem of aerodynamics and air-lift–that skinny people would have even MORE reason to brag and feel superior to fat folks like me because they could “get up to three thousand feet” instead of hovering at three hundred.
Yes, that would be horrible–to not only be able to buy clothes off the rack at will, but also to touch the stars because you have five percent body fat.
I suppose it’s dangerous enough that we have built machines to fly us through the air, which make us believe that we are supernatural, yet we do fall from the heavens enough to confirm that we truly are not gods.
Aerodynamics is a wonderful study, best conducted in analyzing birds, airplanes and rockets.
Thank God my irritating friend Larry, from high school, was not able to achieve such heights. It was bad enough with im when he was discussing how much iron he could pump in the weight room. I can’t even imagine what he would have been like if he could have taken off and flown high over my head … to spit on me below.