If you want to feel sick, are a failed bulimic (who can’t make himself sick) or want to learn that you have chosen the wrong career, venture no further than Phil’s http://up2randomthoughts.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/afraid-of-heights
Watch it, preferably before you eat. Or in the middle of the night when your last meal has been digested and there is little further to bring up.
Normally Phil does Opera or dances the Tango. But at least both of those keep your feet on terra firma. What all three [opera, Tango and heights] have in common is the drama of it. Maybe that makes Phil the Drama King to my Drama Queen. On stage. With Mrs Phil in the audience, applauding.
I didn’t watch Phil’s clip. If I want to look down on anything I go and see my bank manager. He is a man of sorrow as, these days, a bank manager has no discretion any longer. No power to make a decision on his own instinct, impervious to any charm offensive. He is slave to what the computer tells him to tell me. What that does do to his masculinity I have, so far, refused to contemplate. Anyway, that’s his wife’s affair.
So, yes, Phil set me thinking. Thinking being not so much a contact sport as a dangerous pastime.
You do know, don’t you, why most people, even those reluctant to go up the Eiffel Tour or a Pyramid outside Cairo, are perfectly happy to fly? It’s simple. You sit in a capsule. High above the clouds. Removed from reality. Obviously turmoil across the Atlantic will focus your mind as to the possibility of taking more than a nose dive (though not when having been upgraded to business class and your stewardess keeps filling your glass with champagne till you don’t care about anything any longer).
So that’s all good. However, there is mystery about height when you face it head on without the shell of a Boeing between you and down there. Height has magic. Drawing us to the abyss. Will you jump? Won’t you jump? Height is the devil. If you allow yourself to look down. That’s why, when I go for a walk along the cliffs, I always look at the horizon. Even at the risk of becoming sea sick.