Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Overlooked O's ~ Life Lessons from the Titanic ~ A to Z Blog Challenge

When I began thinking about the A to Z challenge, I thought for a long time about what I wanted to write. I tried to think of ways to find neat things about the English language with each letter. And then I thought, what if that letter didn’t exist? So I am doing an abbreviated version of my Life Lessons series that I normally do on Fridays, but without using the letter of the day. What would life be like without that letter? Let’s find out...

Sunday was a big anniversary in shipwreck-land. It was the Titanic’s sinking’s hundredth anniversary. There are many humans fascinated by this watery tragedy. Huge films, several educating TV displays, artifact exhibits, and things like that have made the giant ship’s sinking an intrinsic piece in yesteryear.

Why are we as humans fascinated by this tragedy? Because fascinated we are. Clive Cussler’s published manuscript, Raise the Titanic, while inaccurate, indicated interest in the sunken vessel. James... well, the Avatar guy has made many, many trips in a sub that let him see the wreck firsthand. He then made a little film that made a little cash and recently made a reappearance in theaters. RMS Titanic, Inc is a business that exists because its namesake crashed and sank.

I think it’s because we see, a little bit, human frailty against the Maker’s almighty strength. Titanic was an engineering feat. A marvel. The best attainable ship. Virtually unsinkable. A natural element marked its demise. Wealth didn’t (is that cheating?) have saving abilities. An individual can argue that wealth purchased first class tickets which increased survivability, but many wealthy died and many steerage passengers lived. There was a certain leveling. And in the water, class and purchased tickets mattered even less. They didn’t make individuals any warmer.

The iceberg likely hit by Titanic.
Taken 5 days after accident. 
Man always tries building things bigger and better, but naught built can withstand nature’s strength. Hurricanes, spinning winds, tidal waves, earthquakes. Natural events that bring man’s engineering flat. The Maker is the ultimate brawn in the universe. Nature is a reminder that He has greater muscle than we can ever imagine.

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  1. Hahahaha I love your theme idea. Well written. :-D

  2. i have never been able to read too much or watch the movie about the titanic--it really bothers me so much

  3. It is such a tragic loss of life - much of it so avoidable. I think nowadays we've seen so many things that seem so strong get destroyed that I don't think we completely trust anything to be unbreakable anymore. That wasn't the case then. It was so huge that it just seemed like nothing could touch it.

  4. The Titanic was an amazing film. I heard the other day that Kate Winslet doesn't like the theme song. Oh well!? Thanks for dropping by our blog.


  5. I'm assuming that means she doesn't like the Celine Dion song from the movie. It's not my favorite, but I don't mind it. I really like the instrumentals from the movie though. I have the soundtrack.