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Flight1549.JPGIt’s hard not to see Flight 1459 as a metaphysical bookend to 9/11, signaling the setting of the Age of Bush and the dawning of an Age of Obama. There, airliners were crashed into Manhattan buildings by Forces of Evil, while the massively ill-prepared and disastrous response of rescuers was occluded by bravado and pseudo-heroism from on high. Here, on the very day Bush paid his farewell to the nation, trouble threatened Manhattan by accident of nature, and disaster was averted by the skill of the pilot and the competence of the rescuers. So a Manichaean world of faith-based ideology and incompetence gives way to a unitary one of secular understanding and expertise. We can hope.

  • Quick question: As something of an amateur Manichaeism enthusiast, though by no means adherent, I fail to see how the faith-based ideological / incompetent world is Manichaean. What did you mean by that?
    Did you mean that the ideological/incompetent world views itself as split evenly between the equally powerful and omnipotent forces of Good and Evil, or did the reference just go over my head entirely?

  • Mark Silk

    I meant that the Bushian worldview has been dominated by vision of Good and Evil, in which moralism is all and mere competence tends to fall out of the picture entirely.

  • Ah, I get it now. Thanks for the reply!