Of Cabbages and Kings


“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings.”

Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872

The search for answers regarding what has become of Air Malaysia flight 370 has now entered it’s second week. As you know, the Olderhood Group has a lot of Malaysian followers and our hearts go out to people everywhere in Asia and China who are waiting for news regarding their friends and relatives.

In this age of technology where it is possible to access the internet and Skype using a pair of sunglasses, it is hard to fathom how you lose an entire aircraft. They tell us that the Americans have satellites so powerful that they can read the headlines on a newspaper from space – surely a 10 ton aircraft would not be a challenge? But I guess it is and if that is the case, the scarier question is: how could this happen?

This morning they really are no closer to finding the missing plane, let alone explaining what happened, and The Associated Press is still reporting that Police “are considering the possibilities of hijacking, sabotage, terrorism or issues related to the mental health of the pilots or anyone else on board”. If this was not an accident, why has no one claimed responsibility for this incident?

And what is almost as alarming is how quickly a catastrophic unexplained incident such as this one ceased to be front page news. Whatever has happened to this plane; it could happen again and it has the potential to change air travel forever. Why isn’t everyone more interested in this?

Why is Kim Kardashian and Kayne West’s Vogue magazine cover picture suddenly more news worthy?  And for that matter – why does anyone care what the Kardashians are doing at all?

According to Anna Wintrop, Vogue Editor-in-chief, ““Kaynee is an amazing performer and cultural provocateur, while Kim, through her strength of character, has created a place for herself in the glare of the world’s spotlight.”

So what is the message here? The fate of flight 370 is less important than the antics of a “cultural provocateur” and his selfie addicted bride to be?

And if that is the case; what sort of beings have we all become?

I hope in the next few days the plane will be found, and all those keeping vigil will at least know the fate of those they love. If nothing else, this tragedy is a poignant reminder that life is not certain; and that random events can still happen.

Don’t put off doing the things you need to do. Keep in touch with your relatives. Never stay angry at anyone.  Life is a journey and you never know where yours may lead you.

And remember – our children will inherit the earth, and like it or not, they will take up where we left off. At the moment, we have a great deal to answer for.

What sort of world do you want to leave your children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zNSgSzhBfM


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