Over at NRO, Allen Guelzo writes of the legacy of the Titanic
, which sank along with over 2/3rds of its passengers 100 years ago this weekend. "The Titanic
, name and thing," he quotes, "will stand for a monument and warning to human presumption." In the piece, Guelzo takes issue with some of the crimes committed by James Cameron in his epic portrayal of the disaster, and gives proper praise to the heroic captain of the Carpathia
, Arthur Rostron, who did not flinch in rushing his ship through iceberg-infested waters to rescue whoever he could from the doomed ocean liner. "Presumption was what killed the Titanic
. Presumption that technology relieves us from prudence, presumption that intelligent regulation will eliminate fear and pain, presumption that we have achieved exemption from the dangers that plagued earlier generations, presumption that nature can be driven out with a will-intentioned pitchfork...The sea hath spoken." Read the whole thing
Additionally, this excellent graphic
puts some perspective on the sinking of the Titanic, how deep James Cameron recently went
in his submarine, and other interesting things about the mostly-unexplored depths of our oceans.