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The Titanic Effect

Killed by a movie cliché. Very sad.

It is cruel to say, but if some of these people had not been mystified by the Titanic analogy, they might have seen that they were only a few feet from shore, that other means of rescue were available besides the ship’s own boats, and that their best bet was to be calm and stay with the ship. But no. Generations of pseudo-Titanic propaganda have led people to believe that all risks to life can be averted – if only government regulations are followed and sufficient lifeboats appear on deck. The mere fact that such provisions have been made may lull both passengers and crew into thinking that it is the boats themselves, rather than human intelligence, good order, calm, and courage that are necessary to save human lives.

From The Titanic Effect by Stephen Cox

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