The nightly news recently showed a video from the doomed South Korean ferry tragedy, where 270 teenagers are now feared dead after the boat they were aboard sank. The video released is of a man that appears to be a chaperone or ferry employee, he is seen giving instructions to a group of the now deceased kids, repeatedly telling them to “stay right here, don’t leave this area do you hear me, stay here”. Ok, the ferry is sinking, assume no one is coming to save you, you need to make escape plans. In the aftermath of such a tragic loss of life, one needs to wonder why these old-enough-to think-for- themselves kids did not take personal responsibility and actions for self-preservation in an attempt to survive.
The average, everyday human, once again in times of peril, proves that he or she will fatally succumb to acting like cattle. History continues to show examples of our fellow human beings experiencing a living hell for following orders from someone “in charge”. So reminiscent of the World Trade Towers employees who, on 9-11, were instructed to return to their offices because everything was said to be ok, and then came in the second plane When people refuse to take control over their own destinies, sometimes bad things happen. Some or most who have had near death experiences have prevailed. (I’m thanking my Guardian Angels)
For decades students have not been taught the skills to learn how to think for one’s self. Schools have become institutions where students are simply regurgitating already supplied information. The lack of processing thought makes a population easier to control. Could this lack of real learning have contributed to, or be responsible for, the accident that was waiting to happen?
These Korean kids were doomed from the moment they boarded the ferry. One would need critical thinking abilities to apply reasoning and logic to new or unfamiliar situations and to be able to see things from different angles in order to survive this tragedy.
Evil in this world just loves to see compliant humans, ones who do not question ludicrous instructions. Just think how much easier it will be to load the humans into the cattle boxcars again.
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