Sunday, April 15, 2012
Today marked the 100th anniversary of the tragedy that was the sinking of the Titanic. I wonder what it is exactly that keeps us so fascinated with this event in history. I think for me it is the stories of all of the people who were on the ship, so many with hopes and dreams of a new start in America. The known tales of chivalry and bravery from eyewitness accounts, tales of not so honorable behavior, and the countless tales of love and bravery that we will never, ever know about from those who perished. I think we are all still a bit stunned that the ship really was so fallible and not the perfect, unsinkable feat of engineering that it was touted to be. So many fascinating components to this story aside from the human element captivate us as well. The maritime history, the mix of such different people of such wildly different backgrounds and means, the technology that we have now to get that far down on the ocean floor and see it all again. So many things about this, all still so fascinating.
I know that these people are all at peace now and that their lives and memories will probably always be with us in some way.