It’s up to Us: Don’t Forget the Human Factor!

January 21, 2019

A painting of a woman's face, here eye's looking off into the distance.

A while ago I saw 2 movies that touched me deeply, I decided that I needed to write about them.

The first one was Sully, which is about the pilot that landed on Hudson river back in 2009 and saved 155 passengers, and the second one was The Good Lie, which talks about The Lost Boys of Sudan and their arrival in the US where they had to adapt to extremely different lives. In both of these movies, the main theme was the human factor—how human we are, or not.

I spent half the time crying during the first movie and some time crying during the second one, crying for humanity and how cruel it can be at times, how much we sometimes lack compassion toward, understanding of, love for and kindness to our fellow beings. I keep surprising myself at not believing when I see and witness all the things this world is doing that are leading us all in the wrong direction and cannot help but wonder: “When are we going to learn our lesson and wake up for good?”

I couldn’t believe how an absolute hero could have almost been turned into a villain when the Pilot’s Authorities kept trying to find a human error in the case of pilot Sully, who made the right decision at the right moment, saving 155 souls by landing his plane on the Hudson River back in January 2009.

I couldn’t believe the atrocities those Sudanese children were forced to face and all that they had to go through, as I never can believe any war atrocities people are faced with, especially in the 21st century.

Each time I cry for all of us, for all humankind, for all the lessons we still are not able to learn, for not being able to change and fulfill our true destiny, the one of a healthy, compassionate, loving, caring, kind, generous society, where everybody is working for the highest good of ALL.

A painting of a woman's face, here eye's looking off into the distance.

Untitled by Serena Whaley

It takes one person at a time, one change at a time to arrive where we need to arrive, where our Creator (whatever his/her name is to each of us) meant for us to be when he/she created us in the first place.

And, like captain Sully said to the panel that was judging him and his co-pilot in the movie, “You are forgetting the human factor!” Luckily for Sully, he managed to justify his decisions and was thereafter recognized as an absolute hero.

He still didn’t take all the credit for himself. He said that he didn’t do it alone, that it would not have been possible without his co-pilot, the crew, the passengers and the rescue teams.

He was right! It’s team work. It takes a village working together to change the direction destiny takes sometimes.

In the end, it was human empathy (the human factor again) that allowed his arbitrators to open their eyes to his innocence and heroism.

It seems to me that we all are forgetting the human factor all the time: when we decide to go into yet another war, nationally or personally, when we decide to build yet another robot to replace human work force, when we judge each other based on outer appearances, …

Even though I love technology and all the progress we have made thus far, I cannot help but wonder each time: “How far should we go?”, “How far is enough and how far is too much?”.

No matter how sophisticated machines might become they will never have a heart, they could never be able to feel like humans do, they will never be able to experience and include feelings and the intuitive part while reasoning regarding things like conflict resolutions, for example. So, once again, let us not forget the human factor in everything we are doing and being!

No matter how imperfect we are, we are still the only living beings who are able to learn and grow from our mistakes, who are able to make amends when we do make a mistake, to correct ourselves when we take a wrong turn, to feel love and compassion and extend kindness and generosity towards each other and every other living being. We are able and capable of healing ourselves, our planet and Humanity! We are the only ones able and capable of helping ourselves and each other!

So, let us never forget the Human Factor!


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