October 2017 – Thinking Practice – Regularly updated

5th October 2017

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Report

The Australian government report on MH 370 search has these following words. The Flight had disappeared somewhere in the ocean in March 2014.

“The reasons for the loss of MH370 cannot be established with certainty until the aircraft is found.. And that is unimaginable..It is almost inconceivable and certainly societally unacceptable in the modern aviation era with 10 million passengers boarding commercial aircraft every day, for a large commercial aircraft to be missing and for the world not to know with certainty what became of the aircraft and those on board.”

This is an important conclusion. All too often, a failed project is made light of or sought to be consigned to the dustbins of history. This conclusion doesn’t do that. It unequivocally states the continuing criticality of establishing what exactly happened to the flight. And offers invaluable perspective and guidance for future decision-making in this field. The failure to know is indeed societally unacceptable and we must continue to remember that.

14th October 2017

Harvey Weinstein – Sexual misdemeanours

After the New York Times broke an investigative story on Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood producer’s sexual misdemanours, many Hollywood leading ladies have found their voice and said that they too had been subject to his predatory overtures.

It is a measure of male privilege & boxoffice clout that Harvey Weinstein could go on for so long as he did. And deeply troubling that people like Angelina Jolie & Ashley Judd could not call him out earlier. Shudder to think what the lesser lights subjected to Harvey’s unwelcome advances would have gone through.

It took a strong institution like New York Times to nail him down. It has still taken a long, long time. No doubt, all mainstream heavyweights will voice out their shock, disapproval, and condemnation. They would do well to reflect on how they were all complicit by their acts of commission & ommission in this ugly, long-standing saga. The whole set-up, the structure of this field constrained their choices. How many sought to become aware of this and do something to change it from within. On the face of it, very few. Let us hope, they now think and reflect on this. And move towards change. It is easier to hang Harvey as a demon than confront the realities of the playing field he had to himself. They have got to do that. The playing field cries out for attention.

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