I’ve been wrestling, of late, to find a way to blog about the Gulf Oil spill…“wrestling” is an interesting image isn’t it?…makes it sound like I’m all rough and tumble and sweaty over an issue, although this whole drilling disaster does make me want to “go rouge” and use a steel chair, or some other foreign object…wait, isn’t BP a foreign object?…and I’ve decided that it would be very appropriate to compare this entire debacle to the sinking of the Titanic…and not just because I’m a Titanic historical buff…so fixated with the story, I think, because it’s an accident the magnitude of which even I can only aspire…and certainly not as a comparison to the amount of human lives lost…although there has to be some consideration to the loss of the lives of birds, fish, dolphins, jellyfish…well, maybe not jellyfish…jellyfish piss me off…but because in both instances we have death by complacency…the Titanic tragedy could easily have been prevented, but the people in charge didn’t pay attention…didn’t think such a disaster was possible…made short-cuts in production, like not sealing the watertight compartments so that water couldn’t spill over and continue the flooding…not extending the double hull on the bottom up the sides of the ship…not utilizing the special davits that could carry enough lifeboats for everyone on board…as a cost saving measure…well, they did all that was “required”…sound familiar?…barreling full steam through the night in an area where icebergs had been spotted…a ship managed by a captain who, in his words, “”…cannot imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder… cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel…” A captain who knew icebergs were a danger, even steering a more southerly course in an attempt to avoid them…but still, would not take the simple, prudent step of reducing the ship’s speed…in summary, a disaster brought on by sacrificing safety for profit…taking unnecessary risks; the result of naive thinking that the worst could not happen…so we’ve seen the consequences of environmentally running with scissors…because that’s what’s happened…Mom told us what could happen, but we did it anyway, “You could put an eye out!!” and now LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE…and we’re getting our proverbial noses shoved in it…but will we learn? I think not…1912 was too long ago…each generation seems to have to learn its own lesson…did Vietnam keep us out of Iraq?…the last comparison I would make is between Bruce Ismay and BP CEO Tony Hayward…they both got to return to Britain…one because he took a lifeboat and left so many passengers to their fate…the other because…well…he’s a fool…at least Captain Smith went down with the ship…I rather wish I could draw a comparison there…