Today, I read of an 80 year-old woman who piloted a small plane to a safe landing after her 81 year-old pilot husband suffered a heart attack and died. This story is amazing in so many ways.
Here is a couple who are in their eighties and fly together. At an age when so many folks are fighting to keep their driving privileges, they are traveling around in a small plane.
The bravery and skill it must have taken the woman to land that plane while her husband lay dead next to her is amazing. I couldn’t have landed it at all, let alone under those conditions. I would love to meet that lady. She is my hero.
For the husband, what a way to go—doing something he must have loved. I hope to be doing something that I love that much when I am at that age.
Of course, there is the (very large) downside of the story. The possibilities of what could have happened without the assistance of another pilot who guided the woman in landing, and what would have happened if the pilot had died with no one else in the plane. This seems ripe for a made-for t.v. movie.
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Then there is the ongoing saga of the Republican Presidential nomination race. It looks as though Romney is all but guaranteed to be the GOP nominee. Those poor tea-party folks will be facing a huge dilemma in the fall Presidential election:
-Vote for a Republican who is Mormon, and Caucasian, or
-Vote for a Democrat who is Christian, and Black .
Which is less unAmerican, less scary to these folks? Mormon or Black?
There might be a lot of praying going on that last week of October…….
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On a related note, have you seen all of the recent television commercials sponsored by the Mormon church?
You know the ones I am talking about. The videos portray an upper middle class person, just a regular person who you might meet in your neighborhood grocery store and think nothing of it. Many of the ads portray folks who have done some extraordinarily good things in their community. The tone of the ads are very reassuring, and appear to want to prove that the members of the Mormon Church are not polygamist cult members who practice virgin sacrifice.
They are just regular folks. Just like Christians. But they are Mormons.
Do you think these are at all related to the Nov. election? Me, too.
This idea could work for other nonChristian religions as well. Just buy up a ton of ad time in prime time and sell yourselves to the Christian majority. “I am a family man, and I am a Muslim. I am not a terrorist.” Or, “I love my country and I am an atheist”.
Selling the followers of a religion as just another product on the market might alleviate some of the misunderstanding and fear of these folks among the general public. If it works for the Mormons, it could work for the others.
And the jingles could be interesting.