It seems inappropriate to say anything else other than our thoughts and prayers are with all the families involved in any way with the tragedy that has occurred aboard the Sewol. I am not going to write details about the tragedy, as I in no way want to benefit from blogging about the details. I am just hoping and praying that by some miracle, more survivors are found.
But it is hard to keep my composure and be objective even though my site may not seem objective at times. I am deeply disappointed and saddened by the actions of the crew, it seems unbelievable that with a ship full of school children, different actions weren’t taken by those in charge. Whether they were itty bitty babies or teenage children, these children all belonged to parents, who entrusted their children in the captain and crew’s care, yet it appeared that the adults in charge of this ship, chose to sacrifice these children’s short lives for the sake of their own.
These children and young adults will never experience marriages, births, or all the things they had the likely possibility to experience. I’ve always said that Life Is A Gift, and while I don’t know how old this ship’s captain was nor do I even care to learn, I can only assume he was adult enough to experience this gift called life much longer than these children who will no longer have the pleasure of doing so. That clearly was not a consideration in his mind as he chose to escape the Sewol and leave behind the helpless.
I imagine it is not easy to sacrifice your own life, but I am of the sane conclusion that most adults would risk their life to save a stranger’s child let alone their own, if they see an oncoming car barreling down a street towards any child. If that child is in your care, it becomes a matter of honor. These students on board the Sewol should have been treated no differently. Which was evidenced by adults, teachers, even some other older students, whose names are now surfacing as individuals who knowingly made a choice to take the risk to possibly give the ultimate sacrifice to save others. Again, a thought that clearly did not cross the minds of the captain and the crew.
I am still praying against all odds, that there is someone, anyone, that may be trapped within a pocket of air, who can be found surviving the cold waters, even just one. My heart goes out to the parents of the students, the families of the teachers that were present, who have to wait for any news of their loved ones, which I imagine is probably just as bad as hearing they may not have survived. My heart bleeds for the principal, who more than likely committed suicide possibly because he may have held a sense of responsibility for the kids & teachers being present on that trip, and felt he could not live with the guilt and sorrow, which I totally can grasp even though I am against suicide, and which again is more than we can say for the captain and crew who saved themselves.
There are no words, and though I don’t personally know a single person involved in this tragedy, I feel a sense of helplessness. My prayers go out to the families, may God be with them in this really dark time.
10/01/2014 – 295 confirmed dead; 174 Rescued; 9 still missing
~ a candle for every life lost ~