Fortnightly Mercifully Brief, Pithy and Wholly Idiosyncratic


The fortnight just past has continued the pathetic saga of the COSTA CONCORDIA. To the great credit of the Italian government and judiciary the master seems to be treated humanely. Perhaps it is better that he is detained with the media – as the idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing -- at full roar. Aside from the BDI bouncing on the bottom with everything else, two companies pulling the plug and assorted other commercial matters, the early part of February has been another slice in the never boring maritima.

The lore has it that a master always goes down with his ship. Why? Will his suicide expiate the sins done and undone for the COSTA CONCORDIA in the next life? Will his death by his own hand slake the bloodlust of the media and its whipped-up believers? Not to go down would seem the more moral approach. Even that has its problems though. Is standing like a man, facing the music, nobly going to the gallows moral either? Then there are those who assert the master was a coward. Valor is not in his job description. He is a commercial volunteer – he is not a naval officer paid with a coercive gun back of him to be valorous. One wonders who is the more immoral here – the media or the pseudo-moralists steeped in myth which they equate with tradition.

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