the world in unfathomably deep ways. <br/> ?The death of the Titanic tipped the scales in favor of those who, like historian Oswald Spengler, looked for the ?going under of the West.? And it fatally shook the confidence of the optimists, those who thought it possible to resolve m ankind?s dilemma<br/> through science without any moral improvement in man himself?Now, the sinking of the ?unsinkable? Titanic having demonstrated the inadequacy of the science alternative, there remained only what a majority viewed as unworkable ? the need for mankind to live the Christian ideal.? But there was hardly<br/> time to fully integrate the lessons of the Titanic into our psyches before the outbreak of a much greater tragedy in terms of loss of life, World War I. <br/> This horrible event made man search even more deeply for his lost soul, and while many were successful in their search, peace time brought<br/> about renewed materialism and hedonism and the newfound soul was again lost. <br/> And so it has continued until today ? a great tragedy, such as that of September 11, 2001, brings a temporary search for the soul, but it is quickly forgotten in man?s quest for comfort through technical and<br/> scientific advancement. <br/> ?We have measured the earth, the stars, and the depths of the seas; we have discovered riverbeds and mountains on the moon,? wrote Tolstoy. <br/> ?We have built clever machines, and every day we discover something new ... <br/> But something, some most important thing,<br/> is missing, and we do not know exactly what. <br/> We feel bad because we know lots of unnecessary things but do not know the most important ? ourselves.? Thus viewed, the Titanic story may represent a search for ourselves. <br/> Port side of the Titanic > Source: Reprinted from the book<br/> Transcending the Titanic by Michael Tymn with kind permission from its publisher White Crow Books. <br/> 10 T he Spiritist MAGAZINE her father Samuel Harper, supposedly a Titanic survivor though not listed on the passenger manifest, as seeing the Titanic as a symbol of the times and its fate as a<br/> foreboding cosmic message: ?Words are inadequate to convey the awesome impact of that enormous floating palace ? the epitome in every respect of the biggest and most lavish the Western world had to offer in material luxury. <br/> In an era idolatrously committed to the proposition that science<br/> unquestionably could overcome every obstacle standing between mankind and Utopia, the Titanic was living, dynamic proof of this utopian ideal.? As Harper further viewed it, the disaster changed NOTE BY THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF THE SPIRITIST MAGAZINE This year the worldwide community has reflected on<br/> the 100th anniversary of the Titanic. <br/> Kardec Radio and The Spiritist Magazine here open a reflection on the main lesson the Titanic brings to us, a lesson of Life and Death. <br/> The book Transcending the Titanic by Michael Tymn brings to us deep reflection on the universality of the<br/> Spiritist teachings, mentions about Kardec?s works, and call us to what is most important in life: the inner journey. <br/> Michael Tymn has become a collaborator of the Spiritist movement by participating in an interview at Kardec Radio and allowing us - together with his publisher White Crow Books<br/> - the publishing of the preface of the book
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