Nearly Retired Posted September 29, 2013 Report Share Posted September 29, 2013 If you do not believe in a Creator because you’ve seen no evidence of one, but even so you admit that there is a possibility that one exists, we would call you an agnostic. If you do not believe that a Creator exists and further, that a Creator absolutely does not exist, then we would call you an atheist. Fair enough? We pilots live by the words written in some books. First and foremost are the FAR’s (Federal Aviation Regulations), which govern the way we go about conducting our activity in general. Then there is the RFM (Rotorcraft Flight Manual), which spells out how we will operate our aircraft. For many of us there is an additional book called the GOM (General Operations Manual) that the company gives us with instructions as to how to conduct their business (that being the business of commercial aviation). The GOM will often incorporate items from the FAR’s and RFM, and sometimes the book will specify limits that are more restrictive than what the FAA or aircraft manufacturer calls for. We adhere to the words in the above three books because as far as we’re concerned they have the force of law. There is also a book called the AIM (Aeronautical Information Manual) which, while not regulatory it does provide guidance as to the policies and procedures that the FAA “likes” or finds acceptable. We pilots take these books and go do our job, hopefully without crashing and killing ourselves and our passengers. Unfortunately, no book can cover every eventuality or scenario because to try would result in it being bigger than the Manhattan Yellow Pages. We pilots sometimes find ourselves in situations for which no procedures have been derived. In times like these we are called upon to think “outside the box”…to get creative and make it up as we go along without the comfort of knowing that there is specific guidance for our actions. We use our accumulated experience, judgment, and skill to do whatever needs to be done. United Airlines Captain Al Haynes and his crews found themselves in just such a situation in 1989. The center engine of his DC-10 airliner blew up in flight, severing fluid lines for all three hydraulic systems (triple redundancy!). The end result was that in the cockpit, the yoke and pedals had absolutely ZERO effect on the control surfaces. An obviously-chagrined United Airlines’ maintenance department radioed them that there was, uhh, no emergency procedure for such a thing because nobody ever thought that it could happen: The aircraft is unflyable without at least one working hydraulic system. Well wasn’t *that* a cheerful bit of news! Nevertheless, Captain Haynes and his crew persevered, got creative and managed to get the jet down on an airport where there was emergency equipment standing by. Of the 296 people on board, 111 died. That such a relatively small number of people died given the fact that everyone onboard “should” have perished can legitimately be called a…a…a what?...yes, a “miracle.” Now we get back to the atheist pilot. As we’ve noted before, the atheist believes that a Creator cannot exist. The atheist refuses to open his mind to the mere possibility that there is more to this universe than has been revealed to us by “science.” The atheist cannot conceive of something outside of “the box” of his limited comprehension. The atheist thinks he (or she!) knows better than everyone else. Such narrow-minded thinking has absolutely no place in the cockpit. Not only that, it’s a dangerous mindset. And this is why I not only would never hire an atheist pilot, but if I found out that one of my pilots was a true atheist (and not just claiming to be one for dramatic effect) I would find a way to fire him/her. I want pilots who can be creative…who know that not all of the answers are quantified and written down in a book. I want pilots who can think for themselves and explore possibilities beyond what it says in the FAR’s, GOM or RFM. Or a science book. Atheists, by definition, cannot do this. By saying, “THERE IS NO GOD!” the atheist is announcing to the world that his/her thinking is incredibly limited, that his/her field of view quite narrow and restrictive. Hey, if you don’t want to believe in a Creator, that is your business and I’m actually fine with it. But don’t force your beliefs on me. Don’t tell me that just because YOU can’t conceive of something beyond yourself…because YOU have come to the conclusion that a Creator does not exist…cannot exist…then a Creator does not in fact exist. Because it’s not a “fact” and I don’t appreciated being belittled for my faith. See, I may not be able to prove to your satisfaction that a Creator *does* exist, but neither can you prove to me that one does not. That you cannot open your mind to the tiniest possibility that one does exist is extremely disturbing. I, obviously, do believe that a Creator exists. And I call on His help now and then, like when I’m flying and find myself in situations that aren’t in any book. I ask Him to help me come up with a workable solution, to find a way of getting such-and-such done without crashing. Is it silly? Is it stupid? Perhaps. But I’d much rather fly along in that belief than fly blindly under the mistaken (and horribly pompous) assumption that all answers are knowable…that I already know them and won’t have to come up with any on my own…and that I cannot think “outside the box”...because I’ve already demonstrated to the world that I cannot. Now do you see why atheists make such dangerous pilots? 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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