There are so many attributes of a place that can’t be seen from an airplane. The way the mountains majestically encircle the city. The desperation of the homeless begging for food near an upscale restaurant. Moss growing fat on a snowy mountain trail. The life-cycle of brine flies. Natural soft water in the morning. Living history. The architecture. The people.
I’ve never judged a place from 30,000 ft.
News articles, Facebook posts, and opinions are all like the view of a city from an airplane. While interesting or beautiful or inspiring, it’s a view from 30,000 ft. On the ground is the source material that’s been synthesized and interpreted and distilled, often with bias. Usually the real story is in the details. The source material. The architecture. The mountains. Sometimes truth is best discovered for yourself.