Which tragedies shall be remembered?

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I don’t quite get it. It’s an interesting story and all, how the “virtually unsinkable” ship sank on its maiden voyage. And it’s sad that all those people died, of course.

I just don’t understand why the sinking of the Titanic still fascinates so many people. Is it just because of the movie? I can also see that, if you had an ancestor aboard it, it would be especially interesting, but most people I know don’t.

I’m not criticizing the phenomenon, by the way; any time I see people interested in a historical event, I think it’s a good thing. I guess what really interests me is how one particular event gets singled out from others. Why the Titanic, and not the Empress of Ireland, for instance?

But still, it’s a tragedy, and worth remembering.

1 Comment

  1. Ooh, very weird. It’s like a party atmosphere.

    “Closure.” !?

    I really have never been that interested in the disaster. I have never seen the movie, either, but what is interesting to me is the literal level of differences between the haves and the have-nots.

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