Thursday, January 12, 2012

(From "Random Reflections") Aboard the Titanic...

Hello my dear readers,

A few nights ago, I embarked on a journey. I sailed on a massive, elegant ship bound for America. I felt rushes of fascination, exhilaration, and excitement. Then came a tragic turn of events - I felt panic, and I feared for my life and the lives of those around me. Within a mere couple of hours, I watched others die, my heart broke, and I came close to death myself. In the end, I survived the journey, but not without a great deal of tears. Who or what took me on this journey, you ask? Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater in the movie "Titanic."

Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet
star in "Titanic."
Jack, a talented, aspiring artist, has lived on his own since boyhood, and wins his ticket to sail on RMS Titanic in a lucky round of cards. Aboard the "unsinkable ship" he meets Rose, a beautiful, spirited young woman from an upper class family, who is engaged to marry the snobby and selfish Caledon "Cal" Hockley. Despite the fact that she is pretty, rich, and soon to be married, Rose feels extremely unhappy, trapped in a life that she hates but can't get out of, feeling like she will never have a life of her own. The way she and Jack meet consists of Jack saving her from flinging herself off the side of Titanic to her death.

From then on, a friendship blossoms between the first class girl and the third class boy, something of which Rose's family highly disapproves, as well as, of course, Cal. As the two spend more and more time together, they begin to fall in love. Rose tries to resist it, since she is a betrothed woman. She finally realizes and accepts, though, that she does not love and never has loved Cal, but that she does loves Jack. Together she and Jack find true love.

All too soon comes that fateful night in April 1912 when the "unsinkable" Titanic hits an iceberg and rapidly begins to sink. Jack and Rose both fight to keep their promise to each other to "never let go," battling the waters flooding the inside of the ship, coming close to death, and Rose even sacrificing her escape via a life boat. Other passengers perish in the rising waters below deck, jump off the ship to avoid drowning, or freeze to death in the arctic Atlantic waters. Rose and Jack, however, "never let go," and stay with each other till the bitter end.

The 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the real RMS
will occur this April 14th/15th.
I won't spoil the rest of the story for those of you who haven't seen the movie before. But I will tell you what this movie taught me. It showed me an example of true love - two people who promised each other that they would "never let go," even unto death. Love is about sacrificing yourself for another, and that is what Rose and Jack did, till the end and beyond.

The movie also showed me that a person's true character can come out in the face of death. Some of the film's characters displayed honorable heroism, putting other's lives before their own, sacrificing their life to let others survive. In the case of others, however, their cowardice leaked out, as they frantically and shamefully did whatever they could, even taking the seat of a woman or child in a life boat, to ensure their own survival over that of someone else. This causes us to question what we ourselves would do in the face of death - put ourselves first, or care enough about others to die and let them live?

"Titanic" also made me very aware of death. You really never know when it is coming. Life could be sailing along just wonderfully, as it was aboard Titanic, and then suddenly in one moment everything changes. This movie serves to remind us of this, using the tragic real-life story of RMS Titanic to prove it. It reminds us that we do not know when or how God is going to take us, and reminds us to be aware of how we're living our lives, so that if we died tomorrow, we would be ready to face Him. As Death says to Everyman in the medieval morality play Everyman, "I am Death, that no man dreadeth./ For every man I rest and no man spareth;/ For it is God's commandment/ That all to me should be obedient."

If you have not seen the movie "Titanic," I highly recommend that you do. I warn you that it is very heart-wrenching and is not an easy movie to watch. And if you're a movie-crier like me, you likely will sob as I did. But it is nonetheless a definite a must-see.

Happy Thursday!

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