We simply don't know all the answers

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 04:50 PM.

Why do we think we ought to be able to find this Malaysia jet liner lickity split? Because we think we have all the answers. We don’t believe there are or should be mysteries anymore. Google Malaysia Flight 370 and you get 143 million hits as of the day I’m writing this column, 143 million and growing by the minute. It could take years to find the Boeing 777 aircraft in the vast Indian Ocean where it is presumed to have gone down. By then there could be billions of hits.

It is this vast amount of information available at the click (or rather tap) of our fingers that leads us to the illogical conclusion that we have all the answers — or that we should have the answers and have them right now. But there are still mysteries. It can take years to solve them — if ever.  We don’t have as much control as we like to think.

We’re smug. But in fact we shouldn’t be. Emilia Earhart’s plane has never been found. It may never be. 

We’re reminded by CBS This Morning contributor and City University of New York physics professor Michio Kaku that it took 70 years to locate the Titanic after it sank. Regarding Flight MH370, “The Indian Ocean is a black hole with regards to radar. It’s like finding a needle in 10,000 haystacks. There is a chance we may never find the wreckage,” he says.

We don’t have all the answers and hopefully never will. With due consideration to the loved ones of those lost on Flight MH370, we should quit being so smug. And so impatient.

Barry Fetzer is a columnist for the Havelock News. He can be reached at fetzerab@ec.rr.com. 

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