Chapter 13

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This Chapter is a relatively short chapter, which basically talks about Cayce’s airplane trip from London to Japan.

Cayce in this chapter shows her fear of flying. Where according to her, she felt most vulnerable:

“For most of her life, flying, she'd felt most vulnerable right here, suspended in a void, above trackless water, but now her conscious flying−fears are about things that might be arranged to happen over populous human settlements, fears of ground−to−air, of scripted CNN moments.”

Almost six years in the post 9/11 era, the fear of the September 11 attacks recurring is still very much in the minds of the people especially the Americans. Airport security has tightened, police visibility has been increased and the will to fight terrorism has been stronger than ever before.

Here is a short clip from youtube to remind us how horrible and traumatic this event has been for the Americans and Christians.

As Cayce was searching the database of F:F:F in her iBook, a thought came to my mind about internet services for Airlines. As I have searched the net if there are any airlines providing them as of present, it turns out that there are already some airlines providing internet services for a hefty price. Here is an article I found online about Five Reasons Why Airplane Internet Services Will Take Off.

In the Airplane, Cayce also came across the lead singer of BSE, Billy Prion and beside him is his ex-girlfriend who's known as the former singer of Velcro Kitty. And this has set off a silent alarm for Cayce wondering if Billy Prion and her ex was on the same plane as hers was just a simple coincidence. According to her : If it's a small world, it starts to smell funny.

This is where, Win,her father comes in the picture. With this scenario she was reminded of what her father has taught her about paranoia.

Win, the Cold War security expert, ever watchful, had treated paranoia as though it were something to be domesticated and trained. Like someone who'd learned how best to cope with chronic illness, he never allowed himself to think of his paranoia as an aspect of self. It was there, constantly and intimately, and he relied on it professionally, but he wouldn't allow it to spread, become jungle. He cultivated it on its own special plot, and checked it daily for news it might bring: hunches, lat−eralisms, frank anomalies.

Here is an article about How to Get Rid Of Paranoia that I find interesting.


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Setting: British Airway Boeing 747
The plane reminds her of a coracle of Hexcel.

The Coracle - a one person boat with an ancient lineage.

Coracles (from the Welsh "cwrwgl") have a history dating back thousands of years. The coracle was originally covered with animal skins and in some countries they are still made this way. In Wales they are now skinned with calico which is waterproofed using a bitumastic paint. For those interested in researching the subject there are two excellent resources. The National Coracle Centre is to be found at Cenarth Falls, Newcastle Emlyn, Dyfed. Martin Fowler has a display which illustrates the history and diversity of the craft. He tells me that 12 people have licences to fish the River Teifi for salmon and sea trout using the coracle. The Centre can supply the woven, Teifi-style coracle and instruct in its use. <http://www.data-wales.co.uk/coracle1.htm>

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Loneliness is different from being alone. Being alone can be a choice, and it can also be experienced as positive or refreshing if it is within a person's control. The state of being alone or away from people, that can be implied as a personal choice to be alone, is also known as solitude. When I think about being alone, I usually consider it as being with out a partner [boyfriend/girlfriend] or even friends. This made me think about this song I've always liked. Its music video depicts how it feels to really be alone, in a world of belonging.

On the contrary, loneliness does not mean that a person has to be alone. Most often it is experienced even in crowded places. It can be defined as the lack of identification or compassion.

In the BA Boeing 747, Cayce feels both alone and lonely.

"She's nearest the nose, no other seating units in her line of sight."

Below are photos taken of a Boeing 747 of the British Airways. You can see how crowded it is, making it impossible to be literally alone, yet very possible to feel lonely, especially if you are flying with no companion or no one to talk to, or if you are flying to a destination which you are not sure of, just like Cayce. She knows she is flying to Tokyo but she is not 100% certain with what she has gotten herself into.

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Cayce fears. She feels like she's suspended in a void, flying over nothing, or something.

In her mind:
Human settlements plus terrorists and attacks equals 9/11.

Boeing 747's can hold up to 1,000+ passengers. But sometimes, the more public the place, the more private we get. Cayce feels uneasy, so she logs in to F:F:F, her comfort zone.

Many people today have accounts online. The most common ones in the Philippines are Multiply, Facebook and YouTube. Some people [must] log in to their accounts daily. It becomes a place of refuge, or it can also serve as their hideaway, where they blog about their inner most feelings and show to the virtual world how they really are through their virtual screens. With a click of a mouse, their experiences are brought across seas to other continents all thanks to magical the powers of the internet; thus making people feel more connected in an artificial world.

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As Cayce makes her way to the wash room, she sees Billy Prion. She is shocked. She feels that she is right in the middle of all the issues at hand. Apophenia kicks in.

The notion of paranoia/apophenia reminds me of the movie Conspiracy Theory, where the main character, Mel Gibson, sees conspiracies everywhere. He becomes disturbingly paranoid that results people to think that he's just crazy. But sooner or later, one of his theories becomes accurate. He's not some random psycho after all.

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