As I was seeing what was going on in the world during my daily visit to a popular news site I saw an update on a story I’ve been following, the disappearance of the MH370 airplane. Did you know that the plane disappeared over 2 years ago? It got me thinking about some of the mysteries of the world. Some things are mysteries because they happened before there was all the technology we have today so there was no way of recording or communicating things like we do today, and certainly very few ways of making sure whatever communication tools they did have lasted until today. Other things are mysteries that we haven’t been able to figure out no matter how much technology we apply to it, like cancer and Alzheimers. And of course you can’t ignore the mysteries like why certain things taste good to us some days and not other days or how styles are really created and chosen.
There’s just something about a mystery that catches our interest. There are the murder mysteries that are part of our lives and books, mysteries in the art world, and tons of events, places, and people that are mysteries throughout history that fascinate us, maybe even just because we weren’t or aren’t there and there aren’t a lot of records about them. For example, things like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Sphinx, Genghis Khan, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We know that these things and people exist or existed but there’s a lot we don’t know about them and are continually discovering new details.
But back to MH370. It amazes me with all the technology and resources we have that we haven’t been able to find it yet. But of course I’m reminded of things like the Titanic which took some 86 years to find. It’s another reminder of exactly how big our world is. So maybe it will take another couple of years to find answers on MH370, maybe even decades. Part of the reason that MH370, Titanic and other mysteries have remained in our discussions is because they are mysteries. There are things we don’t know about them, they disappeared under certain circumstances, and because of them lives have (presumably) been lost, and that intrigues us and speaks to something in many of us.
Just because something is a mystery it doesn’t mean it can’t or won’t be solved. It may mean that we learn things in bits and pieces as we typically do when it comes to historical mysteries. So if you have a mystery in your life right now, don’t despair, keep looking for the clues that when put together will help you solve it.