My 17 year old son asked me this morning if the captain of the Concordia Italia was a criminal for abandoning his ship and my thoughts immediately went back to Joseph Conrad’s epic novel “Lord Jim”. Captain Schettino’s Concordia like Lord Jim’s Patna has become a human tragedy but for different reasons. The Concordia sits grotesquely still on the rocks near Giglio Island off the Tuscan Coast and the whole world lays blame upon Schettino’s shoulders.
I told my son that maybe Schettino too, will need to redeem himself from shame as Lord Jim did in Conrads epic story but we should wait and hear all of the facts before we exile a man we know nothing about.
As the media tightens its lens upon Captain Schettino to the point of ignition, we should step back and reflect upon our demands as consumers searching for the ever cheaper value. Our quest for economy may very well be the factor which is ruining our global economy and environment. Remember that to error is human and to forgive is divine.