We all know the 1997 film “Titanic” starring a young Leonardo Di Caprio that told one version of the sinking of the supposedly unsinkable ocean liner. It sank exactly one century ago last month. The descendants of those on board that night have their own stories to tell and they have been told in many ways to many people. I like the movie version from the 1958 film, “A Night To Remember.”
It is a story by now that we have all learned. Just this year nearly 100 new books about the Titanic have been published in English alone. There is a new museum in Belfast, Northern Ireland where the great ship was built and another in Southampton, England which is the port the ship left from. In Pigeon forge , Tennessee which has no connection to the disaster, millions of visitors have come for a Titanic Tour where they have built a life size replica of the elegant ship on land.
For James Cameron’s Oscar winning movie in 1997, it has a rebirth being just released again but now in 3D. Somehow , Titanic has become an obsession for some. There have been much worst disasters in the past like Hiroshima, or even the Tsunami in Indonesia that took 250,000 lives a few years ago. Somehow Titanic is almost perfect in a lesson about human nature. The people that showed great heroism and the people that showed cowardice, the guy that dressed up in women’s cloths in a desperate attempt to be chosen to get on the life boat. These people had 2 hours to think about their death. Who gets that kind of warning in life? Not many.
The noble actions of Ida and Isador Strauss chose love over survival. When offered a place in a life boat, Ida chose to stay with her husband on board and die. So romantic, such devotion to say we have lived our lives together and now we will die together. This is not the fictional account that James Cameron gives us in his recent movie. This is the real stories form the real event that never seems dated or out of style.
Who can possibly make death beautiful, but these people somehow made death even romantic and loving. They died as they lived. If you are a compassionate person you showed compassion to others. If you were greedy, you showed your greed even to the point of trying to change your identity, dressing in women’s cloths to achieve your goal. So, look in your mirror and hopefully be able to pretend that these are your last 2 hours of life. How would you act? What type of person are you? Do you even like you?