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Thread #117973   Message #2546504
Posted By: GUEST,Jts
22-Jan-09 - 06:23 PM
Thread Name: BS: Brits on Titanic die of niceness
Subject: RE: BS: Brits on Titanic die of niceness
If you read the article, the only evidence given is anecdotes about British men putting their own wives and children on the lifeboats and then smoking cigars. We don't know whether or not American men did the same. I suspect that some did. I do know that where I was raised in Newfoundland, Canada, a place that highly treasured British values, I was taught that women and children first would be expected of me in such a situation. I guess that if things were clear cut and dire enough I like to think that I would think that way. But looking at current situations such as building fires and plane crashes, having the closest to the door exit in the quickest most orderly manner is probably much more practical. Or maybe I would just heed the orders of those in authority. I pretty sure that ultimately, that's what most of the men on the Titanic did.