Friday, 19 July 2013

Glass Floor

The Tower
Billy Bishop Toronto city airport as seen from the observation deck
CN Tower is the icon of Toronto. A trip to this city is never complete without a visit to this towering monument. View of the city from its observation deck is certainly grand but any tall building can offer such a sight. However, there is one thing in this tower that makes its tour a truly breathtaking experience. Standing on its glass floor and looking down to more than 1100 feet below is enough to trigger acrophobia or fear of heights in most people. It is a kind of eerie feeling. Your eyes would tell that you are safe but your mind finds it hard to believe. I would recommend visiting it early in the morning on weekdays when very few people are there. You will need to muster some courage to be first on the glass floor.

Glass floor and the hesitation of grown-ups
But on second thoughts, this is not too important either. You would see children and teenagers jumping on the floor while it would be hard for older persons to overcome their apprehension. Now, statistically speaking, a child or a younger person has more to lose in term of the average number of year left to enjoy, while an older person has very little to lose in this context. So logically, a senior person should be more of a risk taker, but practically very opposite happens. This is a paradox to me. What do you think?

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