What if you knew that the government was doing something that it shouldn’t, what would you do? Would you keep the information to yourself? Would you tell someone? Who could you trust? When it is the government, could you honestly trust someone?
I don’t know if I could trust someone with the information unless the person could be trusted 100%. But who can you trust that much? We all are people: flesh, blood, air, emotions so who could we trust that much? There are several things that come to mind when I mention this.
The first is a day that we just were asked to remember and that is December 7th 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. There were things were warnings, the radar operator that saw the planes but was told that it was just routine traffic from California. (http://hawaii.gov/hawaiiaviation/world-war-ii/december-7-1941 )
So if the government makes this mistake and thinks that these planes are a routine flight then how do you explain that the service personnel of the USS Indianapolis were left in the water for 5 days? The Americans had cracked the Japanese code, they knew the people were there and still they didn’t respond. (http://www.ussindianapolis.org/ ). Most people don’t even know about her. How did we find out … a movie ‘Jaws’. If you remember the movie, you will remember there was a scene where they are talking about the scars that they had and it is mentioned as the reason that Quinn wouldn’t put a life jacket on. “Hooper: You were on the Indianapolis?
Brody: What happened?
Quint: Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin’ back from the island of Tinian to Leyte… just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn’t see the first shark for about a half an hour. Tiger. Thirteen footer. You know… you know that when you’re in the water, chief? You tell by lookin’ from the dorsal to the tail. Well, we didn’t know… ’cause our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent, huh. They didn’t even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, chief. The sharks come cruisin’. So we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know it’s… kinda like ‘ol squares in battle like uh, you see on a calendar, like the Battle of Waterloo. And the idea was, the shark goes to the nearest man and then he’d start poundin’ and hollerin’ and screamin’ and sometimes the shark would go away. Sometimes he wouldn’t go away. Sometimes that shark, he looks right into you. Right into your eyes. You know the thing about a shark, he’s got… lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eye. When he comes at ya, doesn’t seem to be livin’. Until he bites ya and those black eyes roll over white. And then, ah… then you hear that terrible high pitch screamin’ and the ocean turns red and spite of all the poundin’ and the hollerin’ they all come in and rip you to pieces. Y’know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men! I don’t know how many sharks there were… maybe a thousand! I don’t know how many men, they averaged six an hour. On Thursday mornin’ chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player, Bosun’s Mate. I thought he was asleep, reached over to wake him up. He bobbed up and down in the water, just like a kinda top. Up ended him into a raft. Well… he’d been bitten in half below the waist. At noon on the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura saw us, he swung in low and he saw us. He was a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper… anyway he saw us and come in low. And three hours later a big fat PBY comes down and start to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened. Waitin’ for my turn. I’ll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went in the water, three hundred and sixteen men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29th 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb. ” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073195/quotes )
Is this the way we should learn our history? Through a movie?
So if we can’t trust the government then what about the church? I was watching a TV series on History Channel called “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded” and it was on the Vatican. In that episode it was talking about the fact that the church is made of Men of the Cloth … again we run into the human factor.
So it comes down to how do we know who to trust?