Friday, January 16, 2009

"Mommy, my plane turned into a boat!"

It's not a miracle when good things happen, and the pilot of the US Airways flight that landed (or "crashed") into the Hudson yesterday would be the first to say so. We do the best with the circumstances we've got, and having two minutes to make a big left hand turn and ease it straight down a big handy river turned out to be a very, very good thing.

It is nice -- it is inspiring -- to see so many perform so well -- and to see so many so happy. Cut and bruised and COLD, but happy, beaming glad to be alive and to see so many others alive, too.

In some ways, we NEED tests, perhaps even tragedies. Humans are happier with a few well-meaning life and death challenges -- not hate, not war, not animosity, not premeditated violence. But things happen, and it is good to see some of us jump in to do the best we can with what we've got.

We NEED tough times to bring out our "better angels."

And we need "heroes" who didn't ask for it -- and some who did.

We have been absolutely hungry for heroes.

And it seems 2009 might be a good year for them.

Surf's up.


At 1/20/2009 8:22 AM, Blogger 1rfruth said...

Hard to beat Union labor

At 1/21/2009 4:38 PM, Blogger Cancer Child said...

It doesn't hurt when we don't force people into retirement and therefore eliminate our most experienced pilots.


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