What Comes to Mind When the Titanic is Mentioned?
RMS Titanic departing Southampton on April 10, 1912.
By Kevan Myers - Posted at There's Still Time to Win a Battle Before the Sun Goes Down:
Published Saturday, April 15, 2017
Yesterday 105 years ago, the Titanic struck an iceberg.
Early this morning, 105 years ago, that great ship sank beneath the dark frigid waters.
What comes to mind at the words "the Titanic"?
I believe that many people think of the ship that sank on April 15th, 1912, the tragedy that shocked the world, and perhaps they think of certain elements of the account, such as
The luxury of the ocean liner on her ill-fated maiden voyage.
The lack of sufficient lifeboats, and the lives of some 1,500 people lost because of it.
Notable people on board who made it, or didn't, such as Molly Brown and John Astor.
The honorable men, some very wealthy, who gave up their seats so that women and children could be rescued.
The ship's young cabin boys, who also yielded their seat in the lifeboats.
The story of the cowardly scoundrel, who tried to dress like a woman in order to gain a place.
Phrases that come to mind, like "Not even God could sink this ship", and "Women and children first!"
I believe also that many people think of a movie released in 1997, by the name Titanic, which is called one of the most romantic films of all time. It was the first movie to gross over a billion. In the United States, an estimated 128 million tickets were sold in the initial theatrical run. That is a good portion of the national population of 272.6 million at the time. For the 100 year anniversary, they made a 3D version of it, and the gross profit swelled to over 2 billion total.
I am sure that many thousands, perhaps millions more, have seen it since then, in theatres and in their homes (I cannot include myself in that number). It had incredible effects, an outstanding musical score, and an emotionally tugging story line. Tragically, it featured lust and fornication in the lives of the two main characters, highlighting it as a grand and beautiful thing. In that way, Titanic sinks in depravity, even as the Titanic sank into the depths.
So what do I think of when I hear the word Titanic?