Thursday, January 19, 2012

Courage and Cowardice

Been thinking about Francesco Schettino and his apparent cowardice in abandoning his ship and the passengers that desperately needed his guidance.

I contrast that with another captain, Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III, the pilot in charge of the airplane in "The Miracle on the Hudson."

I'm tempted to snark on Schettino and say that is how Italians behaved ever since WWII, but then I think of Fabrizio Quattrocchi and know that isn't true at all, it's just true of Schettino.

And, thinking on Schettino's act of cowardice, I realize that it's familiar to me.

Nothing new under the sun. Hopefully Schettino will one day be able to redeem himself, but I foresee some prison time in his immediate future.

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