Unlike most experts in her field, Erika Andersen has an approach to being strategic that’s sensible and accessible. With her, you feel capable of creating the business, career and life you want. Nancy Tellem, President, Entertainment & Digital Media, Xbox Studios LA

Mar
14

Man-made Beauty

I’m often astonished by the sheer beauty of the physical world.  Last weekend, for instance, my husband and I went hiking in the hills near our house in upstate New York. At one turn in the path, we found spread out before us a beautiful little lake: rocky shores crowned with evergreens reflected in clear, untroubled water.  Then two hawks flew lazily overhead, riding the thermals. It was a perfectly lovely composition.

At times (not always, but often) our human endeavors create a different but still compelling kind of beauty.  The skyline of New York can be breathtaking.  Watching the hammers hit the strings inside a piano is a neat yet complex mechanical choreography, an engaging counterpoint to the music being produced.

Today a friend sent me this wonderful little video of commercial flight paths around the world over a 24-hour period. (If you view it full-screen, and high quality – click the little ‘cog’ in the lower right-hand corner, you can see the daylight moving across the world, too.)

The little yellow dots are like a dance of airplanes; they flow in one direction, then, as the world turns and day becomes night in a different part of the world, they flow in another.  I don’t know exactly why I’m so charmed by this.  Maybe it’s because I love the idea that we sometimes create beauty without intentional effort – and sometimes even in spite of ourselves.

And maybe it’s simply that I enjoy finding beauty, and I like being surprised by its existence in unexpected places.



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