Southwest flight #2040, San Jose, CA to San Diego, CA, at 37,800 feet and 500 knots, a Boeing 737-8H4. It’s at the pointy end of that line of water vapor.
If you were to say, “That’s just a routine sunset and a plane flying overhead,” then you would be correct. And so much missing the point.
What’s 100% normal for us in the US today would have been jaw droppingly amazing to someone from 100 years ago and witchcraft to someone from 300 years ago. And even today there are multitudes who honestly believe that the moon landings were faked, the Earth is flat, and vaccines don’t work.
So the next time you see a jet with a couple hundred passengers just routinely travelling in 90 minutes a route that would have taken their great-great-great-grandparents a week, stop to take it in and wonder what your great-great-great-grandkids will think of as routine and you would think of as black magic.
Or just watch the moon, the clouds, the pretty sunset, and the bright white line sprinting across the sky. Keep it simple.