Over the years I have amassed quite a collections of inspirational life quotes, assorted pearls of wisdom, and research material on the origins of many popular idioms. I am fascinated by various words and phrases that get used in everyday language that people use and have no clue as to their origin. Many axioms and idioms are pretty simple to explain. They are handed down through the generations and used when they fit the occasion at hand. Idioms are not always inspirational but they can be interesting.
What's the significance of the 30,000 foot view of the 800 pound gorilla?
The view from 30,000 feet is meant to describe looking at something from a very high level to see the total picture without a lot of details. Because people don't understand the origin of the phrase you will see many variations of the phrase such as the 10,000 foot view, or 20,000 foot view. The significance of the 30,000 foot view is that 30,000 fee is the average cruising altitude of a commercial jet.
Much like the view from 30,000 feet the size of 800-pound gorilla often varies because people do not understand the origin of the phrase. There is a classic joke that asks the question, "Where does an 800 pound gorilla sit?" The answer is anywhere it wants to. The phrase is used to describe large corporations that can do whatever they want because they are so large.
Welcome to the World of Questy where I organize my notes on philosophy to share with those who care to learn and for those who dare to dream.
I started reading the works of the great philosophers when I was old enough to read. I took my first philosophy class back in high school. Over the years I have amassed quite a collections of inspirational life quotes, assorted pearls of wisdom, and research material of many popular idioms.
From hand written notes and paper back books from college and high school dating back to the 1970s, to text files collected from the early days of online services, I have a lot of material to organize and share.
Some of the material on this website orgnated from text files I saved from the days of America Online and Compuserve back in the early 1990s. The online services were not yet connected to each other via the internet, you had to log on each one individuallly. The access to the online services was using using your computer to "dial up" a connection. The basic service came with a few hours of service, and the interface was text based, no pretty graphical user interfaces.
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