This won’t be a very long post, but I wanted to take a moment to quickly comment on something I saw on the BBC website today. Their top story is about the Titanic. In fact, it is about rebuilding the Titanic, or a modern replica rather, to finally complete the England-New York journey it failed to make 100 years ago.

Now, the original Titanic was something of a marvel, but it was also a testament to man’s hubris. Man built the “unsinkable” ship, and so the gods had to prove man wrong, and quite disastrously so. Now, the financier of the new ship has not made the claim that this ship will be unsinkable, and can be quoted saying just the opposite, “Of course it will sink if you put a hole in it.” Nonetheless, I think it may be a slight act of hubris to recreate such an ill-fated ship. Judging from the fact it will be made in China puts me even less at ease.

Ares was once considered and avenger and agent of punishing hubris (see the Seven Against Thebes), and I do hope that this ship would be left untouched, but unless it sails around Africa, it will have to sail through the pirate-infested waters around the Horn of Africa on the way to the Suez Canal on its journey to England. Call me superstitious, but it just doesn’t seem like a good idea to me.

2 comments on “Hubris

  1. I don’t know about hubris (though I think you may be right) but I do think it foolish. Disregarding the “insult” of it being build by China (half the mark of pride was it was British made) is the fact that depending on how accurate a replica it is, it could well draw all the ghosts of those that drowned to the ship. And considering how much fear and anger those people died with…

    Yeah, I am never ridding on that ship.

  2. Wednesday says:

    English-made? Try Irish made!

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