(Reuters) - The disappearance of a Malaysian airliner about an hour into a flight to Beijing is an "unprecedented mystery", the civil aviation chief said on Monday, as a massive air and sea search now in its third day failed to find any trace of the plane or 239 people on board.As far as I can see, Reuters has the best news coverage of this event.
CNN does a pretty decent job, Reuters has been fine, recalling you were a news reporter while I have been a software engineer, I was likened myself years ago, "it wasn't what's wrong with the world that was scary, what was scarier was that the world was perfectly alright". I reflected upon this koan again and again over many nights, and it was one of the most poignant dharmas that I could relate - people can talk about all kinds of things going wrong in the world, yet what I can barely sit still in quiet with as a zen truth of sorts is how it is actually alright that a plane goes missing out of thousands that fly every day - you were there during WWII and Cold War you know history possibly better than I do, your own direct experiences, I had the opportunity of flying a B17 Flying Fortress before as ironic as it seems.. on a computer, it was a computer gaming simulation, so realistic that I was a pilot without having any formal training, I grew up of games and childhood fantasies and these days I am happier kow-towing i.e. going down on my knees in front of an Avalokitesvara statue instead of asking me to fly yet another computer-game-american-flying-fortress.ReplyDelete
I chanted the Heart Mantra yesterday evening iirc, gate gate paramgate parasamgate bodhi svaha.. kept doing it, it could barely bring back a plane that is MIA almost a full week, yet with some sanity I realised that there is a zendo roof that is aging elsewhere on the planet; seeing Adam repairing the roof in a photo many years old is beautiful, it gives me more meaning than searching satellite maps about a plane, as important as 230 lives or more are concerned.
I wanted a comment about "oh com'on it's just an old roof", yet maybe it meant more than a brand new 777. It was an old roof and an old lad that made more sense than an entire internet with dozens of news agencies thousands of news reporters.
<3 Old roof. Old ruth.
No love lost. No sign found. (huh)