Saturday, January 17, 2009

What is 'miracle'?

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The airplane ditched on the Hudson River in NY is now in the news everywhere.

US stations are taking up this incident on the news with "Hudson Miracle." Maybe all the stations around the world are, I guess?

It's very good there were no casualties.

But I kinda have no idea where the point that gets people excited this much.

They say the number 1549 has become very popular across the US for lottery (LOTO? It's something like takarakuji and you can choose the numbers) just because the flight number was 1549. Also many kinds of systems were flooded and borked because the number of people who tried to register this and that with the number 1549 drastically increased.

It's so miracle, just how lucky the passengers of #1549 were! - I keep hearing people saying like this, but their way of looking at the incident is so different from my viewpoint/philosophy I'd say . . .

I heard the accident cause was 5 birds (geese) sucked into the engines at one time. A very good, skilled pilot was operating the airplane. An unbelievable ditching was successful. No casualties recorded. I just don't think all those things are "miracle" . . . I don't think the passengers were lucky. I don't think the flight #1549 sucked birds, 5 of them, into its engines at one time, either.

I'm not trying to be wry, you know (lol) I'm always feeling how lucky I am, how blessed I am, in my life - in my daily life.

But I felt something was wrong when I was watching TV. It might be because the pilot that made the ditching a success suddenly became a big-name hero. He's been living his life in the same way for decades. Strange, isn't it.

Every nation always wants a hero . . . and I find it very America-ish that people like the heroic story not on the world stage, but domestic. The victory of this domestic sport team, that pilot - than this gold medal of Olympics, or Novel Prizes. Things like that.

Domestic athletes attract a lot of attention in Japan as well, but it happens often here that athletes who's made their marks on the world stage (overseas) rapidly come under the spotlight, right? I seldom hear that kind of thing in the US. Probably it's because everyone thinks "America is the best" ?

I wonder how long America could maintain that position. I mean, the economy has already slowed down. I hope it won't go the same way as the Roman Empire. It's still my country, after all. (lol) Looks like Japan is facing problems too.

I . . . don't understand the feeling of being excited for #1549 ditch or cliff dog that much. So can I be neither American nor Japanese.

Well, I think it's OK.

Maybe "miracle" and "things that are not miracle" are beyond my recognition!