An American Airlines airplane aborted a take-off from Chicago’s O’Hare, just in time, thank God, when one of its engines exploded and caught fire this past Friday. A few hours later, a Fedex-owned aircraft caught fire at Fort Lauderdale Airport in Florida. Were these both cases of negligence by maintenance crew? With modern airplanes equipped with the latest jet engines, this is the most likely explanation. The precipitous decline in America’s morality naturally does mean more people lackadaisical about their jobs and indifferent to their responsibilities. This means more mail deliverers dumping their mail, more vendors supplying sub-standard products, and more maintenance personnel who don’t care about the airplane on which they work. Is it also possible that maintenance is being placed in the hands of people who hate America? When a society’s morality plummets, it is time to get scared. Very scared.
9 thoughts on “Is This Why American Airlines and Fedex Lost Aircraft This Past Friday?”
I wouldn’t say the sky is falling yet because of two acorns. But I agree. We need to take care of each other. Perhaps if some people weren’t so rich and greedy, those with less would feel better about themselves and feel more confident that they are successful people though with less wealth, not slaves of the Egyptians.
I have always based quality of production on the state of the economy. If the economy goes south so does pride in quality work. Taught my kids when the economy is poor work twice as hard to present the very best quality you can. Never thought of putting this into a morality context. Something to contemplate. Thank You.
but people without an ethical core based on immutable moral principles will deliver shoddy work whether times are good or bad
A desire to create perfection need not be for an immutable moral principle.
Dear Rabbi Lapin,
My wife and I love your insights. My first thought after I read this was, your last statement seems highly unusual for you. “Time to get scared?” I think it’s time to dig in deeper to God’s word, and to “be strong and of a good courage!” But I definitely see your point. Our country desperately needs to return to God and his ways. Blessings to you and your family.
sometimes fear is needed to propel us into action. People are mostly more motivated by fear of pain than by promise of gain. When you can see the burning planes, the potholed roads, the mailman dumping your mail, the devious politicians, and the scheming bureaucrats, well, get scared enough to do something about it.
Amen, Rabbi Lapin. Your explanation is well stated.
Exactly what my first thought was, and stll is. I’ve seen how our morality in that sense and many others have decayed in the last 8 years. Awful!
Add to this the deteriorating condition of our streets, utility pipes i.e. gas, water etc, rusty bridges that are not being maintained, and so on. All this sad decline flows from widespread moral corruption and generations now of teaching youngsters that there is no objective right and wrong. If that’s true, get away with whatever you can.
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