My discouraging 2012 (and beyond) forecast
What is so shocking about a plane crash?
I’d say probably, the fact of a sure death for all the occupants. I’d also point out the horror factor, of too many passengers dying at the same time, in one of the most horrible possible deaths. At last, but not least (since most of us are used to flying by plane), it also hits us the idea that us being in a plane crash, IS A POSSIBILITY.
On the other hand, let’s quickly take a look at the reasons for safety measures and why so many regulations tend to avoid accidents and crashes.
For sure, aviation in general, and commercial aviation in particular, is characterized by the fact that any accident in the air, is 99% due to become a tragedy. So, thanks to maintainance routines and strict regulations, hundreds of thousands of people fly everyday, without risking their lives.
But what strikes me is the question I then ask myself, that if we are shocked by a catastrophe of hundreds of victims in a plane crash, how is it that we keep on living knowing the current crisis is casting loads of people outside the structure of employment, education and health.
How can anyone understand the hipocrysy of being frightened by images like the one at the top of this post, and yet, don’t react knowing the forecast that future generations will be doomed to an utterly fragile life, with little or any options to decide for themselves their own lives.
What have we been taught? That we vote our Governments? That Society issues are decided by the majority? Or even worse, that we deserve this crisis, and now we need to be punished? How can we be so stupid?
Meanwhile we get scared to death when our plane goes across a simple turbulence.
The truth is that air travel is not safe for the value of human lives. Many more are lost everyday due to things like obesity, lung cancer, poverty, famine, dispair, depression, caused to a great extent by our society. Air travel is safe ONLY for the sake of the business.
We have got what we deserve.