I’m a spectacular wimp when it comes to roller coaster rides. Not for me, hurtling down mountains of steel track, defying gravity and sanity. Nope, can’t do it. I’ll take my terror in a virtual format, please.
This past week, I climbed aboard my very own banshee and flew.
Pandora spread out below me, friends flying beside me. A breath-stealing experience.
Was it real? No.
Does virtual reality count? Uh … did you hear the part about flying?
Every animal on the planet can do real: perceive the world around them as it actually is. As far as we know, only humans can do real-ish: perceive the world around them as it actually isn’t.
Real-ish — it’s the basis of everything we are. Everything we’ve become since that long ago kid in a cave picked up a stick and drew in the dirt.