Beauty in Traffic Patterns

Now and again, I tune into the classical music station.  I actually really like classical.  There is nothing like Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.  My classical listening moments are almost always in my car since I don’t own and haven’t actually purchased any classical compilations.  I’ve had several times I tuned to the proper station during rush hour or on the way home on the main drag here in the Anchorage, AK area (Glenn Highway) and have this coming together of thoughts.  Let me further explain.  Suddenly traffic wasn’t annoying, the string arrangements suddenly bring an aesthetic, art-like flow to mundane life events.  Classical music brought me to an understanding of the beauty in traffic patterns.  You start thinking about how we humans drive hulking metal carriages that careen across rock hard paved streets at speeds in excess of 60 or 70 miles per hour…that’s freaking fast.  The moment is brought to an increased natural artistry with the backdrop of snowy Alaskan mountain peaks.  And if you catch the right time of day coming into Anchorage, you see the sun setting over the Cook Inlet.  This spectacle can be experienced in a variety of degrees as we run a long rock hard pavement in metal carriages (the most unnatural of things it would seem); we can still see the beauty in its synthesis with the raw nature that still exists around us.  Comment on times the same effect has happened for you if you’d like.  PEACE!


2 thoughts on “Beauty in Traffic Patterns

  1. I’ve had such moments myself. I’ve driven the road from Eagle River to downtown Anchorage now five days a week for quite a few years and found it remarkable how all these drivers do this commuting dance on ice and snow and in wind and rain with great intuitiveness and precision in these hurtling missiles we call cars. While all around us the wilderness just is right in our faces. It is a blessed commute.

  2. I have often had moments like the one you are describing in this blog post while driving through the extreme landscapes of Alaska and Southern Utah. Also, many mind-blowing moments while standing in a castle in Scotland where there has been some kind of continuous structure on that spot for over 5,000 years. The differences and similarities of our lives as humans compared to all of the people who have lived on that spot came into the forefront of my mind while gazing at the same spectacular landscape that Scots gazed upon for those 5,000 years.

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