Wikipedia – The overview effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface. It refers to the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, “hanging in the void”, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide people become less important, and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this “pale blue dot” becomes both obvious and imperative.

We live in an era that assumes the narrowing inclinations of specialization to be reasonable, natural, and necessary. A fixation on the parts deliberately forfeits the chance to comprehend what is provided wholly by, “syn”. According to Buckminster Fuller, all the known cases of biological extinction have been caused by overspecialization, whose concentration of only selected genes sacrifices general adaptability. When observing from the viewpoint of an aerial drone we see the world and our most familiar surroundings as never before. An all-encompassing shift in perception and perspective occurs. This shift is “re-membering” – the point of education – which literally means putting the separate members back into wholeness (synthesis). The ultimate goal is reaching “Noesis” (Unified Understanding) and “Nous” (pure knowledge) where the knower, known, and the knowing become one. I hope these images are a source of inspiration for you to strive towards reaching these states of being. It is absolutely imperative to see the bigger picture if we wish to initiate real change in the world today. Most of these images are taken from the Midwest in the United States (more specifically Southwest Michigan). If you are in Southwest Michigan, Northern Indiana, or Northern Illinois and are interested in getting low cost aerial photos and video of your property contact me @

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