Weather or Not We Go Down

Just to the southwest of us are tornado warnings…and the weather is moving to the northeast.

My title comes from being in the middle of a book on the sinking of the Titanic…on April 14-15 1912, depending on where you were standing. As the author says, it was the first major catastrophe in a century that was to hold so very many.

I wonder if it ended the Edwardian Age?

The Other Side of the Night: The Carpathia, the Californian and the Night the Titanic was Lost

The author’s bio – from the Titanic to the first jihad:

Daniel Allen Butler, a maritime and military historian, is [also] the bestselling author of

“Unsinkable”: The Full Story of RMS Titanic,

Distant Victory: The Battle of Jutland and the Allied Triumph in the First World War,

and The First Jihad: The Battle for Khartoum and the Dawn of Militant Islam.

He is an internationally recognized authority on maritime subjects and a popular guest-speaker for several cruise lines.

Butler lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Daniel Allen Butler was educated at Hope College, Grand Valley State University, and the University of Erlangen.

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If it looks like nobody’s home, it’s because the lights here are out.

4 thoughts on “Weather or Not We Go Down

  1. Respectfully, I have to disagree. The Titanic was an event caused by ignorance and pride. It was not an act of man against man. The Lusitania sinking was an act of man against man.

    Tornado’s, just as icebergs, are not an act of man against man, or even ignorance and pride. They are natural things in the world in which we live.

    Jihad is not an element of the natural world, just as the torpedos which sank the Lusitania were not “from God”.

    I haven’t read this book, and I likely won’t, but it looks like someone is trying to conflate the actions of “man” into the arrogance of man as meaning God intended something to happen to kill people.

    As for the end of the Edwardian Age. I have no idea, but it seems to me that the Edwardian Age is something MEN control, not the weather/climate/God.

    • The book was about the two ships in the area of the Titanic’s sinking and how very differently the two captains responded to that event. One ran away, the other steamed into the iceberg area and picked up those still alive in the lifeboats. In all, that ship rescued ~700 people.

      A well-researched book. Your conflations are due to my limits in explaining the nature of his inquiry.

      The beginnings and endings of “ages” are not directly in anyone’s control. It is we who observe and name them after the fact.

      Please read his bio more carefully: his book on jihad is listed separately and has nothing to do with the book about the rescue of those who survived the sinking of the Titanic.

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