Shaw thing: We shouldn’t give up looking

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I’M at a point in my life, with my odd work and university schedule, that I don’t sleep until late and then get up too early to even entertain the idea of pretending to be a functional human being.

That isn’t exactly a great excuse for not being as involved and knowledgable of world affairs as I used to be, but between all of the hustle and bustle, the only news updates I get are from scanning the front page of the newspaper when I’m in the queue at the supermarket, or what I hear people talking about.

The only reason I heard the news about the strange mystery disappearance of the Malaysian aeroplane, flight MH370, on March 8 this year, was because I happened to listen to a podcast made by somebody who is fascinated by plane crashes.

Suddenly, it seemed that it was all anybody was talking about.

Crackpot theories were springing up left, right and centre, the professionals appeared to be completely stumped and governments the world over decided the best course of action was to immediately get involved.

Honestly, I never think it’s a good idea to dive headfirst into a situation just because somebody thinks it will be a good public relations move, but especially here in the UK, we have a habit of doing just that.

The whole situation is pretty fascinating and I’ve learnt more about how aeroplanes work in the last few months than I have in 18 years of travelling in them.

Oddly enough, understanding how much can go wrong with them hasn’t made me any less eager to travel in them.

You’re much more likely to be involved in a car accident than a plane crash and we all climb into cars every day!

Overwhelmingly the opinion now is that we should stop looking, but I can’t help but hope that we continue, even if it’s just to definitively find out what happened.

Maybe if we know more, we can try to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again.

If you have anything to add, feel free to email me, Danielle Shaw, at yourshout @northeast-press.co.uk