Fight or flight?
I wanted to raise this topic after hearing a radio phone in this morning in the UK which centred its' discussions on the actions of the Italian
skipper who left his cruise liner with many passengers and crew on board. In spite of being ordered by the coast guard to return he refused.
My question is in spite of all of the conjecture as to why the ship was in the location that led to it capsizing, in spite of the fact the senior
officers on the bridge carried out an order thy could have chosen to refuse, what is it about this man that caused him to flee? As the Captain of a
sinking ship he surely knew the doctrine of the sea and the rule a skipper is always last man off a sinking ship!
Is his action to flee individual makeup, racial, a training issue (one would sincerely hope not as he is in his mid 50's)?
There are also stories that many other men also ignored the code of the sea we all grew up hearing of 'women and children first'. Is this indicative
of a moral shift amongst humanity over the last 60 years? From the media reports the flight instinct took hold of many many people.
In World War two my grandparents generation showed repeated bravery on both sides of the argument in taking arms for whatever it was they believed in.
Soldiers fought when they knew personally they would most likely die, women toiled in fields and in factories to support their men, showing a cute
I ask you to consider and honestly say which part of the equation you fall on as we try to determine if society and humanity has truly become more
self serving than previous generations.
Coupled with this there is a report today that says millions of people died In Africa last year due to the international community dallying on the
provision of aid. I say in the past humanity would have acted first and counted the bill afterwards. It is not part of the flight or fight argument
but is supportive of an erosion of true community at the core of all humans.
For me fight, I sure as hell would have stayed on that boat to the gritty end if I had been the skipper. I also know I am community minded at the
level of my fellow man and do not ever seek to gain an advantage to the detriment of another, maybe I'll post an anecdote or two if this thread gains
In the meantime let's have your thoughts and any tales of previous actions to back your position. Please be truthful for I and I hope all thread
readers will not judge, I just want a discussion about the overall change in humanity not individuals opinions of others actions.
This seemed quite philosophical in outlook, but mods if it is in the wrong place please shift it