How do we find any ‘good’ from the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370? All I can see is pain.
In the beginning, spurred on by the real not-knowing and the logic defying data, the families, those who are now left behind, felt there was hope. The world, especially the sometimes cruel internet world, was full of conspiracy theories. Ranging from the CIA or the Illuminati having reasons to ‘disappear’ it, through to it being hijacked and flown into Taliban territory. This speculative cruelty, of which I was duly guilty, added to the vagueness and lack of communication skills from the airliner and authorities to compound the pain those left behind must have felt.
By now, even the most hopeful of those waiting for news of their loved one must be coming to the realisation that somehow, for some reason, they are dead. I’m sure some hold on to the hope that the plane was landed somewhere and that 239 people are now captive of some foreign agency. But as there appears to be a closing in on what might be ‘black box’ locator signals in the Indian Ocean thousands of kilometres from land, reality must be hitting home.
The bitter-sweet need is to find a piece of wreckage. Then the minds can stop flickering with hope, what-if and maybe, and instead start to grieve properly.
Quietly and methodically behind the scenes, multiple nations have co-operated and worked together in order to search. Different countries have different expertises and different countries have different craft, both air and sea based, capable of joining in and doing their bit to search for the jigsaw pieces. Exuding an air of confidence and trustworthiness, the search has narrowed and adapted to respond to the information that is being acquired. To the outside world at least, if not in fact in reality, there has been nothing but professional precision in the whole operation.
All countries, far and wide, have offered and then provided their people and machines. The spirit of international co-operation appears to be evident.
This, which is of absolutely no comfort to those who wait with their lives frozen, is the ‘good’ that we can find. That’s not a point that’s meant flippantly, or disrespectfully to the friends and relatives left behind. But, it is ‘good’ that humans will work alongside each other in a time of crisis and painful mystery.
All too often we are far too suspicious of each other, and far to quick to have an ‘angle’ which puts us in an advantage and power over others. So far, this doesn’t seem to have. And that’s good.