Pilots and Airplanes -or- The Flying Wright Brothers
The Aerodynamic Plane -or- Private Jets
Marshall McLuhan in "Understanding Media" tells the reader; "The bicycle lifted the wheel onto the plane of aerodynamic balance, and not too indirectly created the airplane. It is no accident that the Wright brothers were bicycle mechanics, or that early airplanes seemed in some ways like bicycles."
Today, private jets can be seen flying in the air and in our dreams. Here is one such dream;
Rachel, 59 American Writer
I have been invited to fly on a private jet with a group of people. A woman goes onto the airplane with me...her father is the pilot. The jet holds about 20 people but it feels very spacious. I have a front row seat, right behind the pilot. The pilot tells us that there is a pod of whales migrating below us. We tell him that they are too far away for us to see. So, he flies the plane down and we are cruising along side the group of whales...there must have been 10-12 whales, almost like dolphins jumping out of the water and swimming together. It was an amazing sight. The ocean was very blue, quite calm. The whales were swimming in what appeared to be tropical seas.
The dream had a wondrous and adventurous quality about it. I didn't feel afraid or concerned, only amazed at what the pilot was able to do with his flying us down by the whales. The dream felt magical.
The Front Row Seat with the Jet Set -or- The Art of Peak Dream Experiences
Freud had identified the source of religion as being found in the "oceanic feeling". From a narcissistic ego perspective, this feeling creates a sense of "elation" and enjoyment. Abraham Maslow saw the emotional states of elation, euphoria, happiness and joy as "peak experiences".
Some believe that the Biblical story of the prophet Jonah and the whale like many other stories found therein (the Bible), was based on a dream vision. Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick" is an anthropomorphic fable, that some consider as the poetic centre of the American canon of literature.
In Moby-Dick, the character Fedallah has a prophetic dream vision about Ahab's quest in the hunt of the white whale. He sees hearses, misinterpreting the vision, the meaning is seen as Ahab's success in killing his nemesis. From an archetypal perspective, Fedallah can be seen as playing the self-destructive character role of Ahab's shadow.
The song and language of humpback whale play a central role in the film "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home". Inhabitants of Earth living in the 23rd century have endangered their own ecological future by allowing the extinction of the humpback. Lines from D. H. Lawrence's "Whales Weep Not" are spoken by Admiral Kirk in the film. Here is an excerp of Whales Weep Not;
They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains
the hottest blood of all, and the wildest, the most urgent.
All the whales in the wider deeps, hot are they, as they urge
on and on, and dive beneath the icebergs.
The right whales, the sperm-whales, the hammer-heads, the killers
there they blow, there they blow, hot wild white breath out of
On a final few notes, a couple of years back, I went scuba diving in Puerto Vallarta and while under water I heard the song of humpback whales for the first time...it was awesome. The 1987 album "Whales Alive" was collaborated with Leonard Nimoy, who is a.k.a "Mr Spock". In closing, here is the "Whale Lullaby" (listen to music).
- D. H. Lawrence, "Studies in Classic American Literature"
- Erich Fromm, "Anatomy of Destructiveness"