Our Batshit Crazy World

Once, I had read long ago about a criticism of a science fiction book that the world didn’t have an even application of technology. One group had certain technology and another group didn’t.

Turns out the world building of the author was more accurate than the world building of the critic. Our present world contains many layers of uneven application of technology.

An airplane crashed and it is indeed a horrible event. All lives were lost in the crash.

The appropriate action is to ground the fleet, inspect the aircraft, understand the cause, rectify the cause, and finally return the fleet to service.

Except that the minds of the people who maintain the aircraft and the crew that help the aircraft operate still have minds – oh several hundred years in the past.

So, they determined that the appropriate action was to sacrifice a black goat.

No really. They killed a goat because they screwed up an aircraft and it crashed and killed people.

I have encountered people here in the US that are not too far off from that mentality. People who won’t read Stephen King books because “demons might come out of the book and infect their mind.” Or people who don’t want their kids to read Harry Potter books because it supports the use of magic.

Now, a number of people in the world made fun of these people – ignoramuses – is what I would call them. Ignorance – we all suffer it in various topics. But you can’t be ignorant about aircraft maintenance and work in aircraft maintenance. That is a life threatening combination.

Worse, though is in the back and forth about the aircraft someone supports the sacrifice of the goat:

Meanwhile, one Twitter user by the name of MisBis spoke for many when she wrote: “There’s nothing wrong in giving Sadqa [sacrificial offering]… Sadqa bari balao se bachata hai [it hedges against many troubles]… stop making it a joke”.

I’m sorry it is a joke. It needs to be joked about. This is another case of “my ignorance is equal to your highly technical knowledge of the operation of aircraft and technology”.

And in this case, I have been as a member of the US Air Force Reserve – 8 years of experience maintaining aircraft. In no place in the Top Secret documents on maintaining the aircraft did it say, “Bribe the gods with a sacrificial goat to ensure safe operation.”

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