How many of you have followed the hardships experienced by the passengers and crew of the Carnival Splendor until they arrived safely in San Diego today? To them, this was agony beyond the worst experience of any member of the human race. They survived an experience that will provide accounts to their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren
at as the worst ever endured by human beings. And let’s not forget the neighbors!
In retrospect, human beings have had worse experiences. Natural disasters like tsunamis, earthquakes, cyclones, tornadoes, flood and plague have had a deeper effect on the human psyche. Unnatural events like wars and the Holocaust have had even deeper meaning.
To me the crux of the matter – human misery is described from the perspective of the victim(s). How does one equate the loss of a society to the loss of a child? The survivors of Carthage have felt as bad as the mother of a still-born.
This in turn brings one around to the viewpoint of those on the Carnival Splendor. From the accounts from the ship, there was no loss of life. Those surviving the experience were distressed by the loss of AC and lighting (The Casino had to close!) as well as having to endure meals of SPAM for their continued existence. From their accounts, life was beyond endurance. How does this compare to existence during the depression or in occupied countries during WWII?
As an aside, some individuals offered a compensating experience have taken the cruise line up on the offer. Their take is that “This could never happen to me again.” I wonder if we will ever develop the wider perspective beyond “me”
This is my own view.
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